STEVE KAUFMAN 'Stylin'

STEVE KAUFMAN 'Stylin'

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Ace guitar picker Kaufman has at least 7 other good albums to his credit, but this one, to me, may be the best yet. Curiously, it was originally recorded as an LP in 1977, although Kaufman has gone back and re-recorded his guitar tracks and removed some other (unspecified) tracks that he apparently felt were unnecessary. The purpose of all this was to focus on the playing of Kaufman and the late Red Rector, who was co-featured on the original LP. While we have not heard the 1977 record (which was short-lived and now very rare), our guess is that Kaufman made a good decision here. Rector’s brilliant mandolin appears on 7 of the 17 tracks, and may be some of his best recorded work. Among these cuts are a great BYE, BYE BLUES, BEAUMONT RAG, GREY EAGLE, CLARINET POLKA and RAGTIME ANNIE. Kaufman, for his part, is in fine form with lovely, tasteful and technically stunning versions of LIMEROCK, MAPLE LEAF RAG, DANNY BOY, YESTERDAY and others. A couple of vocals by Thom Tresh seem out of place and unnecessary, but apart from that this is a wonderfully enjoyable record—sort of a double treat that features great work by both Kaufman and Rector (who died in 1990).

Artists:

  • STEVE KAUFMAN
  • RED RECTOR

Track Listing:

  • BYE BYE BLUES
  • MAPLE LEAF RAG
  • OH DANNY BOY
  • FADED SAN ANTONE
  • LIMEROCK & LADY'S FANCY
  • GRAND OPENING
  • CLARINET POLKA
  • PENNINGTON'S RIDE
  • YESTERDAY
  • BEAUMONT RAG
  • WHITE TRASH CHRISTMAS
  • GREY EAGLE
  • I WILL
  • CHIEF SITTING BULL
  • ALABAMA JUBILEE
  • STYLIN'
  • RAGTIME ANNIE