Max Keenlyside, the young virtuoso who in June 2010 brought the word “face-melting” to ragtime, went one step farther into the Land of Amazing and composed a fantastic piece called “The Facemelter.”
Aside from being just a great piece – which, as you are about to hear, it is – this tune makes my day because, well, Max wrote this tune with me in mind!
To hear him tell it:
It was at the annual Scott Joplin Festival, one hot summer in Missouri, that I first applied the word “face-melting” to anything musical. I had picked up the ‘term’ from a guitarist friend years ago in Ontario, and had not since been moved to dub anyone or anything such a term. That is, until I heard some incredible performances by my friend, pianist Martin Spitznagel.
It seemed that this particular adjective really took off; in short order, the term was commonplace, with Mr. Spitznagel reigning as “the Facemelter” himself! I cannot think of anybody more deserving of the title – so as a hommage to a great pianist and composer, here is my new composition, “The Facemelter”. I hope you like it, Martin!
I’m speechless, so I will let the piece say it for me. But just so we’re clear, this is how I looked after I heard it: