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Jazz Roots - 2 CDs included, each recording is 30 minutes

Never thought you would hear Canadian Brass joined by jazz piano? How about electric bass? Unknown to many, it's already been done! In the early 1970s, the Brass challenged the perception of musical boundaries through two recordings which were among the first to create the brand-new "crossover" genre. These classic LPs, Rag-Ma-Tazz, which was influenced by the ragtime era, and Unexplored Territory, a unique collaboration with contemporary jazz pianist and composer Don Gillis, are presented here for the first time in one CD package, as a homage to the story of jazz. -First came Rag-Ma-Tazz—a ragtime era and ragtime influenced music recording. The first eight ragtime pieces are classic Scott Joplin, the king of ragtime composers. Composers all over the world were well aware of the American ragtime craze, resulting in a plethora of jazz influenced compositions, from Claude Debussy to two Canadian composers who added their musical view of the era in their original composition for the Brass: film composer Larry Crosley and dean of Canadian composers Eldon Rathburn.

In 1977, Unexplored Territory became the first runaway best seller for Canadian Brass. Stereo Review featured this recording as its pick of the month, suggesting, “The Canadian Brass enters its golden age.” Never before had there been such a successful collaboration between a classical artist with a jazz ensemble. This recording was a result of the unique professional collaboration of the Brass with pianist-composer Don Gillis, a writer who went on to become the music director for Muppets’ creator Jim Henson. Gillis brought his own jazz quartet to the recording project, along with names that have become a who’s-who of Canadian artists, including the “First Lady of the Guitar” Liona Boyd. Significantly, Unexplored Territory also features the first appearance of the Brass’ signature tune “Just a Closer Walk”!

The Brass is pleased to make this classic material available, and hope you'll share your impressions through You can place an advance order for this two-disc CD here! CONTENTS:


1 Entertainer Rag Fred MILLS/Scott Joplin
2 Pleasant Moments (Ragtime Waltz) C DAELLENBACH/Scott Joplin
3 The Favourite C DAELLENBACH/Scott Joplin
4 Sycamore Rag C DAELLENBACH/Scott Joplin
5 Euphonic Sounds C DAELLENBACH/Scott Joplin
6 Rosebud Ragtime March C DAELLENBACH/Scott Joplin
7 Figleaf Rag Lee NORRIS/Scott Joplin
8 Easy Winners Lee NORRIS/Scott Joplin
9 Days Before Yesterday Larry CROSLEY
10 Golliwog's Cake Walk Fred MILLS/Claude Debussy
11 Slim Trombone C DAELLENBACH/TK Fillmore
12 Lassus Trombone C DAELLENBACH/TK Fillmore
13 Canadian Brass Rag Eldon RATHBURN


1. The Joust Don GILLIS
2. En Sueno Don GILLIS Ron Romm, solo trumpet Liona Boyd, solo classical guitar
3. First Gymnopedie Don GILLIS-Eric Satie Erica Goodman, harp
4. Amazing Grace Don GILLIS
5. Just a Closer Walk With Thee* Don GILLIS
6. Tin Roof Blues Don GILLIS-Leon Rappolo
7. Muskrat Ramble Don GILLIS-Edward Ory
8. The Cathedral Don GILLIS-JS Bach adapted from Magnificat in D minor
9. A Royal Firework Don GILLIS-GF Handel Ron Romm, solo trumpet

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  • 5
    Canadian Brass offer two classic recordings in one great set

    Posted by Musical Heritage Society on 11th Mar 2011

    Jazz Roots is an album that contains the reissue of two much sought-after Canadian Brass LPs, reissued for the first time on CD: Rag-Ma-Tazz and Unexplored Territory. In the early 1970s, these five classically trained young men radically changed the perception of musical boundaries for brass performance and were one of the first “crossover” artists.
    First came Rag-Ma-Tazz, a Ragtime Era music recording, which was helped by the “newly-discovered” music of Scott Joplin, given the popularity of the 1973 Oscar® winning film, The Sting.
    In 1977, Unexplored Territory was released and became their first runaway best seller — the result of the unique collaboration with contemporary jazz pianist/composer Don Gillis. It was with this album that Stereo Review remarked, “the Canadian Brass has entered their golden age.”
    This is a must-have for all Canadian Brass devotees. Get this one, you'll be glad you did!