Sometime in our childhoods, I think all of us develop a dream that stays with us into adulthood: a certain something we want to accomplish before we die. As a kid bitten by the record collecting bug, that fanciful dream for me was to one day make a record of my own. As some of you know, I'm a semi-professional pianist specializing in ragtime and early jazz piano styles. I'm also a great admirer of the music of Bix Beiderbecke. Recently, while in Tokyo recording my new album, Breakin' Notes, I spent an evening recording Beiderbecke's four published "modern piano solos" for release as a pair of 78 rpm records. It took some doing to find a pressing plant that would master and manufacture 10-inch 78 rpm discs, but I finally found an audiophile vinyl facility in the Netherlands willing to take it on. Artist Joe Busam contributed some fine graphics for the cover, a delightful innser sleeve design, and labels. 500 copies were pressed. They are stereo microgroove records, so they are not suitable for use with old wind-up phonographs, but they will play beautifully on any modern turntable equipped with an LP stylus and 78 rpm speed.
Copies of the two-record set are still available. If you are so inclined, you may purchase one from Rivermont Records using the handy ordering button below. If you would like yours autographed, please include a note when you submit your payment and I will be happy to sign it for you. If you prefer not to order online, please send a check or money order for $28.95 ($25 for the records plus $3.95 postage) payable to me: Bryan Wright, P. O. Box 3081, Lynchburg, VA 24503 USA. I thank you!
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As a sample of what you can expect on the 78s, here is a video of my rendition of "In a Mist." This is not the same recording as on the 78, but it's very similar. Enjoy!