A rare and early ragtime piece full of snappy bits, Mr. Thomas Cat, composed by the obscure Milt H. Hall.
Enjoy this month's rare brown wax cylinder produced by the Leeds & Catlin Company of New York City of an early ragtime "march two-step" selection (as many early rags were categorized) composed in 1899 by Milt Hall and featuring the sliding trombone.
During this time, Leeds & Catlin (the successor to the Metropolitan Phonograph Company of New York) recorded their records at a relatively fast
180-rpm in an effort to increase the loudness and fidelity of their
Not much is known about Milt Hall except that he appears to be a pioneer
composer of published ragtime
An interesting article by David Lewis looks into the elusive Mr. Hall.
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Interested in hearing other wax cylinder recordings featuring bands local to or associated with New York?
|11/2013||Belle of New York March||Band||Empire State Concert Band||1896-1897|
|06/1998||Five Minutes With the Minstrels||Band||Voss's First Regiment Band||1891|
|12/2002||Hallelujah Chorus||Band||Battery Band of New York||1894|
|01/2006||The Melon Patch Schottisch||Band||23rd Regiment Band of New York||1894-1896|
|01/2007||Pilgrim's Chorus from Tannhauser||Band||Gilmore's Band||1901|
|10/2000||Our Victorious Nation March||Band||New York Military Band||1909|
|07/2009||Stars and Stripes Forever March||Band||71st Regiment Band||1897-1898|
|04/2012||Wild Cherry||Band||New York Military Band||1909|
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