by Ferdinand Maylin
Johnny Maddox playing songs of the Old West; or how we fondly imagine the Old West to be, with the help of Tin Pan Alley. The second CD of a set of three, it is all about Cowboys and Indians; music from the first part of the twentieth century. Maddox is always right on the money for style and just that right amount of swagger. He is a controlled, sensitive player who revels in his ragtime playing. We have eighteen tracks, from "Springtime In The Rockies", "Ragtime Cowboy Joe", "Roll Along Prairie Moon", "The Yellow Rose of Texas", tangos, waltzes, cakewalks. Think Tex Ritter, Roy Rogers; close your eyes and invent your own screenplay as the music plays on. As with the first CD I found the liner notes very informative concerning the music; and some great covers of the original sheet music. I would really like to hang the cover of "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue", on my wall! You cannot go wrong with this CD for keeping a jaunt to your step, buy it now. - Ferdinand Maylin
Where the Southern Crosses the Yellow Dog
This CD is the last of the three Collectors' Edition box set; these CDs are the first major releases by Johnny Maddox in over thirty years. The first nine tracks are by W. C. Handy, and Johnny plays some classics as well as lesser known pieces; there are a further eleven tracks of blues, rags and Dixieland. Johnny Maddox does not disappoint; playing with flair and spirit he romps through the blues at a cracking pace, his hand is never heavy, his poise is immaculate and his arrangements are excellent. As with the other CDs in this collection, this one comes complete with information about every tune. Rare sheet music is displayed from Johnny's own collection of over 200,000 examples of the genre. If you're wondering about the title, it's all about railway lines crossing. If you like your ragtime played on a piano; this collection is for you.