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Released for the first time on this 1997 CD, this set features pianist Ralph Sutton leading a trio that also includes bassist Al Hall and drummer Cliff Leeman on his own "Dog Ass Blues," and Willard Robison's "Think Well of Me," and nine familiar standards. Even though he played and recorded such numbers as "I've Found a New Baby," "I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby," James P. Johnson's "Snowy Morning Blues" and "I Got Rhythm" countless times, the brilliant stride pianist always found something new to say, and the results are frequently exciting.


Born: 04 November 1922 in Hamburg, MO

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '80s

Ralph Sutton was the greatest stride pianist to emerge since World War II, with his only close competitors being the late Dick Wellstood and the very versatile Dick Hyman. Nearly alone in his generation, Sutton kept alive the piano styles of Fats Waller and James P. Johnson, not as mere museum pieces but as devices for exciting improvisations. Although sticking within the boundaries of his predecessors, Sutton infused the music with his own personality; few could match his powerful left hand. Ralph...
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