Brian Holland | The Lion Tamer

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The Lion Tamer

by Brian Holland

Ragtime pyrotechnics at its best.
Genre: Jazz: Ragtime
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lion Tamer Rag
4:27 $0.99
2. St. Louis Rag
3:05 $0.99
3. Palm Leaf Rag
3:43 $0.99
4. Ragtime Dance
4:19 $0.99
5. Efficiency Rag
3:00 $0.99
6. Peacherine Rag
3:27 $0.99
7. Maple Leaf Rag
3:30 $0.99
8. Sleepy Hollow Rag
5:47 $0.99
9. Pork and Beans
3:40 $0.99
10. Stompin' em Down
3:22 $0.99
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Album Notes
Brian Holland has rapidly become one of the most lauded performers of ragtime and stride piano in America. Constantly developing new and exciting styles of performance, Brian continues to enthrall audiences by combining impressively dexterous pyrotechnics with a very laid-back approach. The result is remarkable accuracy and flair with seemingly little or no effort.

Beginning his musical existence at the age of three, Brian grew up living a "Ragtime Life." His grandparents raised him to love all kinds of music, but particularly styles from the turn of the century (last century, that is). Blessed with perfect pitch and an aptitude for improvisation, he quickly learned his way around an organ keyboard and had a repertoire of old standards that would shock most professionals - all before the age of six! It was then that he turned his attention to the piano. However, during twelve years of intense classical studies, Brian decided that it wasn’t a concert stage he wanted to perform on, but the ragtime stage. Since then he has performed all across the US, first on majestic pipe organs in pizza parlors, and then on the uprights and concert grands at ragtime concerts and festivals.

Brian has the distinction of being a World Old-time Piano Playing Champion (1997-'99) of a competition sponsored by the Old-time Music Preservation Association (OMPA), winning his third title at only twenty-seven years of age. He is currently the youngest three-time (and therefore "retired") champion of this event, held since 1975.

In 1997, Brian met Jeff Barnhart at the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival, annually held in Sedalia, MO. At an after-hours session, Brian and Jeff decided to try a couple of well-received piano duets, which led to an all-night jam session that didn't end until 8am the next morning! It was clear that there was something very special in the way their styles meshed, and it wasn't long before audiences were clamoring for more. Between Jeff's take-no-prisoners approach, and Brian's more laid-back-classical take on ragtime and jazz, the two have been widely praised and sought after ever since, touring the US from coast to coast. They have recorded three CD's, with more surely to come.

Most recently, Brian has expanded his horizons in ensemble jazz music, forming the Holland Rhythm Company and B-Square Entertainment. Coming along for the ride are fellow musicians and friends Mike Schwimmer, Bud Dresser, Chris Quaile, Bill Mason, Theresa Allen and Paul Scavarda. With the ability to morph from a piano & tuba/flugabone duo (as B-Square with Bud Dresser) to a full traditional Dixieland jazz band, Holland Entertainment is making waves in the jazz world as a provider of fun, entertaining, energetic music! RAGTIME is GOODTIME!



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Wonderful music!
Crystal-clear piano technique and a joyful, energetic rendition of the rags - what more could anyone want? Absolutely glorious.


has to be moving
I don't have the album, but I saw Brian play live in Kansas City. I've never seen or heard anyone hit so many keys, all accurately, as Brian did. He had a command and comfort with the keyboard rarely seen. I love the piano as an instrument, and have listened and seen my fair share of dixieland, classical and rock and roll keyboard players and songs. He has few peers on a keyboard. I shudder to think of the beauty he could create in other music styles.

If you like ragtime make sure to check Brian out. My only complaint was that he almost hit too many keys, but I think some of that was the musical style than his playing. I'm really more of a dixieland fan.