Josef Woodard
November 20, 1998 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Joy of Joplin

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Marcus Roberts
genre
Jazz

We gave it an A-

Ragtime legend Scott Joplin sought greater respect in his time; he gets the right kind now from Marcus Roberts on The Joy of Joplin, this ear-opening tribute. Rather than taking a purist (was jazz ever pure anyway?) approach, Roberts blends in plenty of his own ideas and post-ragtime idioms, whether freshening up a lovable chestnut like ”The Entertainer” or living up to the title of ”Elite Syncopation.” A-

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