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Subtitled "The Harold Arlen Songbook," this 60-minute disc finds the Ralph Sharon Trio — with Douglas Richeson on bass and Clayton Cameron on drums — highlighting the work of the most jazz- and blues-oriented of the Broadway and Hollywood composers of the 1940s and '50s. Sharon is typically subtle and swinging, never losing the sense of Arlen's bluesy melodies, but elaborating on them with intricately played figures that never seem to show the effort they must take to achieve.


Born: 17 September 1923 in London, England

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Ralph Sharon made his professional debut with Ted Heath in 1946, then moved on to Frank Weir's orchestra before leading his own sextet. He moved to the U.S. in 1953, where he initially worked as an accompanist to Chris Connor. In 1957, he became musical director and pianist for Tony Bennett. He acquired American citizenship in 1958. In 1965, he and Bennett split up, but they got back together in 1979 and played together in the following years. Sharon also...
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