Aside from this, Rifkin is respected for his novel theories as to how Bach's music was performed, and he created arrangements for Judy Collins's LPs In My Life and Wildflowers. (He was insistent that the musicians on the In My Life album, recorded in London, would need to be classically trained players from leading orchestras, who had resisted the lure of pop sessions and adverts.)  He also performed with the Even Dozen Jug Band and re-imagined pop music in an 18th century manner in the LP The Baroque Beatles Book.. He is currently a Professor of Music at Boston University.
Links to Peel
Before coming to Peel's attention, Rifkin recorded an LP with the Even Dozen Jug Band, which included a number of musicians who would later feature in Peel's late 1960s playlists - Stefan Grossman (who did a Night Ride session and became a UK resident for several years), John Sebastian (leader of the Lovin' Spoonful), Steve Katz (Blues Project) and David Grisman (Earth Opera). Peel featured tracks from the Judy Collins LPs with Rifkin arrangements on his shows, particularly In My Life, which was a staple of the Perfumed Garden.
Peel had already played Rifkin's own records in the early 70s, but the association with Joplin's music and The Sting were doubtless the reason why he was booked for a session at the end of 1973. His connections with Elektra, a favourite label of Peel's and the parent company of Nonesuch at the time, may also have played a role. He performed two tracks from the third Nonesuch LP (which appeared the following year), but one (Searchlight Rag) does not appear on any of his Joplin records, and another (Sugar Love) may have been a mistakenly named rag called Sugar Cane.
Festive Fifty Entries
- One session, no known commercial release.
- Searchlight Rag / Sugar Love / Country Club / Weepin' Willow
Other Shows Played
- 15 February 1972: 'Maple Leaf Rag (LP–Scott Joplin Piano Rags)' (Nonesuch)
- Radio Luxembourg Tracklistings 2: 'Fig-Leaf Rag (LP–Scott Joplin Piano Rags)' (Nonesuch)