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A superior ragtime/stride pianist who is not too shy to improvise a bit even on classic rags, Sue Keller has recorded several excellent CDs for her Ragtime Press label. Due to the particularly strong material on the release, this CD is a good place to begin exploring Keller's music. In addition to vintage tunes from the 1920s and a variety of rags (both famous and obscure), Keller also performs six newer rags, including her "Cranberry Stomp" and two pieces from Tex Wyndham. A well-rounded set highlighted by such numbers as "The Chevy Chase," "Alligator Crawl," "Castle House Rag," and "New Orleans World's Fair Rag." ~Scott Yanow