Mostly Max

by Max Keenlyside

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When it was released in 2010, Max Keenlyside's first CD for Rivermont, KeenlyStride, garnered rave reviews from critics in the United States and abroad. The disc's focus was on the music of stride and jazz pianists of the 1920s, and while the playlist contained many "standards" of the genre, Keenlyside's fresh and thoroughly musicalperformances were widely praised. "Execution is one thing and execution with feeling is another," wrote reviewer Jack Rummel, "and Max has got a lot of Harlem in his soul."

For as long as he has been playing ragtime, stride, and jazz, Max Keenlyside has been active as a composer as well, frequently featuring his own works in his concert and festival performances. He has published several folios of original ragtime compositions, and in a testament to their superb quality, his works are now regularly performed by others in the ragtime community, several already hailed as modern classics. If KeenlyStride held any disappointment, it's that the CD didn't make room for Keenlyside's own works.

That has been fully rectified with his second Rivermont CD, Mostly Max, a collection that features eleven of Keenlyside's own celebrated compositions, along with a suite of works by Willie "The Lion" Smith and a waltz by James Scott -- all played to perfection on a gorgeous Steinway Model D. Rivermont is extremely proud to offer this important document of ragtime piano in the 21st century: a tradition that is obviously alive and well. More than a "document," though, this disc includes some mighty fine music! (Bryan Wright, Rivermont Records)

This CD includes a 12-page illustrated booklet with detailed notes by the artist. 54 minutes.

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released October 22, 2012

Recording: Max Keenlyside / Mastering: Bryan Wright / Liner notes: Max Keenlyside / Cover photograph: Zack Squires

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Max Keenlyside Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Pianist and composer Max Keenlyside has made an auspicious entry into the music world. Lauded for his skills as a ragtime and traditional jazz pianist, Keenlyside has performed for CBC and has headlined at festivals across North America. Max’s debut album, KeenlyStride, was met with critical acclaim and his latest release, Mostly Max, puts an emphasis on his own piano compositions. ... more

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