Jumbo Rag


Apparently, Bert Bassett had a well-developed sense of humour, and I think this title is an example.  The sub-title is ‘An Indian Syncopation’, and the opening section consists of slow, plodding chords, suggestive of an elephant walking, but in addition, there is a connection with his recordings, which were on the ‘Jumbo’ label.   In fact, he recorded this solo on the ‘Jumbo’ label in 1913, when he was twenty.

Apart from the slow C minor Introduction and a short four-bar Interlude, there are three main sections, the first two continuing in C minor, and the third, a fine piece of syncopation, in A flat. The first section is repeated, and the piece ends with a short Coda.

The whole solo is well-written and worthy of attention by all moderately accomplished players.

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Weight 0.04 kg
Dimensions 210 × 297 × 1 cm

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