Brun Campbell – Joplin’s Disciple
Delmark DE 753 (2001) – Euphonic Series
Brun Campbell was born in Washington, KS in 1884 and was an accomplished pianist by the age of 14. While visiting Oklahoma City, he was approached to try out a manuscript. The song was “Maple Leaf Rag” and because of this chance meeting, Brun left home for Sedalia, MO to meet the composer Scott Joplin. He also met ragtime composers Louis Chauvin, Scott Hayden, James Scott, and the Turpin brothers, studying with them all as well as with Joplin. Recorded in 1947 Joplin’s Disciple contains over thirty ragtime performances and interviews, most of which are previously unissued, with a run time of 68 minutes.