Posted by

Nexus Records 10273

Featuring Bob Becker, Xylophone Soloist

  1. Fluffy Ruffles (2:31) G.H. Green/Cahn
  2. Rajah (3:16) G.H. Green/Becker
  3. Frivolity (2:59) G.H. Green/Cahn
  4. An Indian Story (2:59) G.H. Green/Becker
  5. Valse Brillante (6:28) G.H. Green/Becker
  6. Chromatic Fox-Trot (3:12) G.H. Green/Becker
  7. Dotty Dimples (2:46) G.H. Green, V. Arden/Cahn
  8. Keep Movin’ (3:42) G.H. Green/Becker
  9. The Humming Bird (3:22) G.H. Green/Becker
  10. The Ragtime Robin (2:32) G.H. Green/Becker
  11. Spanish Waltz (4:20) G.H. Green/Becker
  12. Charleston Capers (2:33) G.H. Green/Becker


Recorded in 1986 at McClear Place – Toronto

Except for The Ragtime Robin, the arrangements heard on this disc have never been recorded before. The dates of the compositions themselves span George Green’s spectacular career as a recording artist for virtually all of the major record companies of the acoustic era (which lasted until the introduction of electric microphones in the late 1920’s). The various styles comprise the most popular dance forms of the notorious ‘roaring twenties’.

The magnificent instruments heard on this recording rank among the finest of their kind and represent the ‘golden age’ of the marimba and xylophone in North America:

  • Deagan Imperial Marimba No. 64, ca. 1916
  • Deagan Marimba-Xylophone No. 4724, ca. 1926
  • Deagan Marimba No. 54, ca. 1936
  • Deagan Nabimba, ca. 1906 (courtesy Garry Kvistad)
  • Deagan Artist’s Special Xylophone No. 264, ca. 1919
  • Deagan Artist’s Special Xylophone No. 268, ca. 1916
  • Deagan Song Bells No. 102, ca. 1920
  • Deagan ‘Roundtop’ Glockenspiel No. 1230, ca. 1920
  • Kori Bass Marimba, ca. 1984 (courtesy Custom Music Company)

Of special interest is the sound of the rare Deagan Nabimba, an instrument manufactured for a brief time which made use of buzzing membranes in the resonator pipes. The characteristic sound of this instrument, which can be heard in the trio of Rajah and throughout Spanish Waltz, imitates the wonderful piquant timbre of the famous marimbas of Central America. Also very rare is the Deagan Artist’s Special Xylophone No. 268, a mammoth five-octave instrument. The low range of this xylophone, featured in An Indian Story and The Humming Bird, produces a unique and mysterious sound.

0 0 votes
Article Rating
Notify of

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x