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Technically Ragtime isn't really jazz because it does not involve improvisation, but ragtime ran a parallel career to the early New Orleans jazz and featured similar melodies and rhythms. A simple way to look at ragtime is to consider it as a form of composed jazz, or possibly America's first classical music. Likewise, in a style similar to classical music, ragtime's rhythmic syncopations don't swing quite to the degree that they do in New Orleans jazz performance. Although ragtime first appeared in 1892, Scott Joplin would begin to dominate and define the genre in 1895.

The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz opens with back to back renditions of Maple Leaf Rag by ragtime pianist Scott Joplin and early jazz pianist Jelly Roll Morton. In these two performances of this same piece you can clearly hear the difference between ragtime and jazz as Morton's version swings with free abandon, while Joplin's stricter version is more similar to the European late romantic period style of Chopin.

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SCOTT JOPLIN Piano Rags by Scott Joplin, Volume II (Joshua Rifkin) Album Cover Piano Rags by Scott Joplin, Volume II (Joshua Rifkin)
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SCOTT JOPLIN Scott Joplin Piano Rags (Joshua Rifkin) Album Cover Scott Joplin Piano Rags (Joshua Rifkin)
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