Reginald R. Robinson & The Fifth Element / Press

“Reginald Robinson holds a singular place in American music. The country's leading composer of contemporary ragtime, Robinson won a MacArthur Fellowship, or "genius" grant, in 2004 and has continued to write brilliant solo works that build on the achievements of Scott Joplin, Tom Turpin, John William "Blind" Boone. Classic Robinson works have been orchestrated by Stu Greenspan, giving Robinson's music a new voice. "Stu understands the angle I'm coming from," says Robinson. "He understands the contemporary part of it." Robinson's compositions, in other words, are not simply reworkings of familiar ragtime conventions and never were. Instead, Robinson has extended the definition of the genre, expanding its harmonic palette, enriching its rhythmic vocabulary, altering its underlying structure.”