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The younger sister of the great stride pianist Ralph Sutton, Barbara Sutton Curtis is a fine pianist herself. Her style is gentler than her brother's and a bit more melodic, as shown on this set of unaccompanied solos recorded live in 1987 and 1993. The relaxed set features Curtis playing five two-song medleys and 11 other songs, mostly of swing-era vintage. Highlights include "My Fate Is in Your Hands," "No Moon at All," "Looking at You," the boogie-woogie "Blues on the Downbeat," and a medley of "Emaline" and "He Loves and She Loves."


Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Born just west of St. Louis in Howell, MO, in 1930, Barbara Sutton-Curtis developed her considerable piano chops in quiet competition with her big brother Ralph Sutton, who was born in Hamburg, MO, in 1922. Barbara Sutton began playing professionally in 1949, and in 1951 Ralph set her up with a gig at the Central Plaza in New York City. Brother and sister started performing duets publicly in 1959. Both individuals developed remarkable facility as interpreters of the Harlem stride piano tradition,...
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