LearnJazzPiano.com archives: Incredible MIDIs of some of the originals
jbl81 -- 03/28/2004, 09:12:19 -- #3002
I was just searching google for some info about stride when I happenned upon this page:

http://members.aol.com/midimusic/stride.html
(Titled: "Irwin's Ragtime/Stride/Swing/Novelty Midi Web Site")

There are a lot of of MIDIs here from old school artists who never lived to see MIDI invented, so at first I thought, "What a crock".  However, here's a caption to one of the MIDIs:

"This piece was originally transcribed and sequenced by Bob Pinsker from the 1921 QRS piano roll. He was kind enough to have passed his MIDI sequence on to me for further editing. Bob wrote to me: ' . . . it may interest you to know a little more about how I did this transcription. I can do transcriptions from recordings, but not really to my satisfaction -- I'm always worried that I haven't got the chord inversions right, especially the offbeats in the left hand, and whether the guy played an octave or a single note is often hard to pick up. This MIDI  was made from a transcription of the piano roll, which I did by hand -- I didn't have access to a player piano (still don't) at the time, circa 1976 -- and I'd never even heard the piece in this case -- so I measured the holes in the roll with a special ruler I'd made. Took forever -- about 2 weeks of work for a single roll.' "

So, I feel there's a bit more authenticity than I originally gave credit to in these MIDIs.  There are some really impressive quasi-original performances of folks I never expected to hear in MIDI!   Worth a listen to on a lazy sunday afternoon.

Scot -- 03/28/2004, 11:07:52 -- #3009
Be sure to stick that in the links section too. There's another one in there (do a search for "midi") that has a lot of files similar to these as well. We've got to get these guys to come here and talk about stride and such!

Scot -- 03/28/2004, 11:08:06 -- #3010
So is anyone good at recruiting?  :)

7 -- 03/28/2004, 21:47:37 -- #3014
When listening to Johnson's "Harlem Strut" it is so reminiscent of "Handful of Keys" it's obvious where Fats got so much of his material. (I like the John Farrell midi version of "Handful of Keys" better though).

Lots of mention of Dick Wellstood in there. And did you check out Jelly and The Lion's fingerbusters?

Whoa! Jelly kicks butt!

And that Tatum stuff is just plain scary.

What a great repository. Hops that site sticks around for a while. Thank you!

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7 -- 03/28/2004, 22:09:50 -- #3015
When listening to Johnson's "Harlem Strut" it is so reminiscent of "Handful of Keys" it's obvious where Fats got so much of his material. (I like the John Farrell midi version of "Handful of Keys" better though).

Lots of mention of Dick Wellstood in there. And did you check out Jelly and The Lion's fingerbusters?

Whoa! Jelly kicks butt!

And that Tatum stuff is just plain scary.

What a great repository. Hops that site sticks around for a while. Thank you!

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