Celebrating America's
Musical Heritage


“The music on this CD [Ragtime Detroit !] has been meticulously researched and is performed to an equally meticulous high standard. This CD is packed with rare treasures, beautifully played.”
Mike Durham, Just Jazz [London , England]

“…an eminently enjoyable disc…played with infectious enthusiasm…it is education, entertainment, and a sonic blast rolled into one.”
George Chien, Fanfare Magazine

“… the Red Back Book shows that the music is even more beautiful and charming when played by an orchestra. This very worthy project is highly recommended…”
Scott Yanow, Los Angeles Jazz Scene

“[Ragtime Detroit ! is] another winner! Just great music!
– Max Morath, celebrated ragtime pianist & entertainer

“…a big hit with our audience…quite special.”
– Rudy Lauerman, Performing Arts Coordinator, Detroit Institute of Arts

“[The Red Back Book] is an impressive reconstruction… their performances have a charming lyricism and freedom that stand in contrast to the rather stiff renditions still available from the first flowering of the ragtime revival in the 1970s…they have an infectious enthusiasm for the sweet aspect of classic ragtime that so often gets lost. Highly recommended.”
– James Manheim, allmusic.com

“Listening is like being transported back in time to a concert in the park on a pleasant Sunday afternoon a century ago. The orchestra is thoroughly professional.”
– Bill Mitchell, The Mississippi Rag

“They [The River Raisin Ragtime Revue] sound very much like a ragtime ensemble from circa 1910, performing the ancient and obscure music flawlessly…this CD [Ragtime Detroit!] is full of forgotten gems. ”
– All Music Guide

“…a nostalgic look at America , perfectly played and guaranteed to put the tap back in your toes.”
– The Ann Arbor News

“Each performance knocked me out…I believe now I’ve seen it all, and I want to see it all again and again.”
– R. Michael Montgomery, American Music Historian

“[Ragtime Detroit !] is an outstanding recording … The playing is thoroughly professional and clean, rhythms are sharply articulated, the arrangements – some adaptations of original scores, some original by music director William Hayes – are uniformly excellent…This is an exciting recording and I look forward to R4′s future releases.”
– Edward A. Berlin, author of King of Ragtime: Scott Joplin and His Era and Ragtime: A Musical and Cultural History

“Who knew history could sound so sweet?”
– Adrian Daily Telegram

“R4 has not only given us musical enjoyment but has also provided a great historical service…aficionados everywhere would be wise to add it [The Red Back Book] to their collections. Recommended.”
– Jack Rummel, host of Ragtime America KGNU (Boulder , CO)