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Max Kortlander on Pathe Phono Recording
By Bryan Cather

In the liner notes for the CD, "Keyboard Artists of the Gershwin Era,
Vol. III: Arden & Ohman," the first track is listed as follows:

"12TH STREET RAG (Fox Trot) [2'43"] ...(Rec. 7/20. Mat. 68770; Pathe Freres
Phonograph Co. B 20467); Piano duet-Max Kortlander and Victor Arden."

The notes themselves further elaborate:  "Track 1 is a vertical-cut
Pathe Disc that was a mechanical dub from a cylinder master"

This is the only reference I've ever seen of Max Kortlander on record
(except for a 70's vintage LP of his rolls).  Didn't Kortlander make a
roll of "12th Street Rag", part of the QRS Autograph series?  Is it
possible (or even probable) that Arden was playing a duet with this
roll?  Sort of like when, one night at the AMICA convention at Niagara
Falls, I played Hi Babit's roll of "Walkin' & Whistlin' a Happy Tune"
while Hi accompanied the roll on another piano (a thrill).

The reason I ask is that in about a month I'm presenting a program
called "Max Kortlander: Life on a Roll", and plan to work this little
oddity into my presentation.

Any help will be appreciated

Bryan Cather

"Walkin and Whistlin' on the Pedals" (How Hi autographed my roll.)

P.S.  Something wet fell out of the sky today -- Could it have been
*rain*?  So long since we've had any, I forget what it looks like!
Ain't North Texas wunnerful?

(Message sent Wed 5 Aug 1998, 01:17:46 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

Key Words in Subject:  Kortlander, Max, Pathe, Phono, Recording

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