Zez Confrey m.s. Orchester - Dizzy Fingers (Flinke Hände) , Electrola 1927 (Germany)
NOTE: Edward Elzear "Zez" CONFREY (b. 1895 in Peru, IL –d. 1971 in Lakewood, NJ) American composer, performer of piano music and bandleader, considered as creator of a “novelty rag". After World War I he became a pianist for the QRS piano roll company. His piano composition "Kitten on the Keys" (1921) - inspired by a cat at his grandmother's house that he discovered prancing up and down the piano keyboard - became a hit. Confrey went on to compose many other pieces in the same genre (e.g. Stumbling, 1922; Dizzy Fingers,1923), later he turned toward composing for jazz bands (Jay Walk, 1927; Sparkling Waters, 1928; Moods of a New Yorker, 1932). He retired after World War II leaving behind more than a hundred piano works, miniature operas, and songs, plus numerous piano rolls, music publications and recordings.