Featuring Bob Wilber Vol. 4
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||Sunny||Ralph Sutton & Bob Wilber||5:55||¥150||View in iTunes|
||I Want to Be Happy||Ralph Sutton & Bob Wilber||6:47||¥150||View in iTunes|
||Old Folks||Ralph Sutton & Bob Wilber||4:38||¥150||View in iTunes|
||What Can I Say After I Say I'm Sorry||Ralph Sutton & Bob Wilber||5:51||¥150||View in iTunes|
||On a Slowboat to China||Ralph Sutton & Bob Wilber||5:52||¥150||View in iTunes|
||Old Fashioned Love||Ralph Sutton & Bob Wilber||7:21||¥150||View in iTunes|
||You Can Depend On Me||Ralph Sutton & Bob Wilber||7:16||¥150||View in iTunes|
||Sentimental Journey||Ralph Sutton & Bob Wilber||5:59||¥150||View in iTunes|
||Honeysuckle Rose||Ralph Sutton & Bob Wilber||7:34||¥150||View in iTunes|
||C Jam Blues||Ralph Sutton & Bob Wilber||11:24||Album Only||View in iTunes|
It is fortunate for fans of jazz piano that stride master Ralph Sutton was recorded frequently during his tenure as the house pianist in his wife's Aspen, CO, restaurant during the late '60s; this fourth volume consists of excerpts from four consecutive evenings taped in February 1969 with Bob Wilber (clarinet and soprano sax), bassist Al Hall, and drummer Cliff Leeman (who sticks to brushes) joining the leader. Sutton is at the top of his game during the wild romp through "I Want to Be Happy," stimulating Wilber's swinging clarinet. "Old Folks" sounds especially bittersweet with Wilber's mournful soprano sax and Sutton's thoughtful accompaniment behind him. Their interpretation of James P. Johnson's memorable ballad "Old Fashioned Love" (with Wilber still on soprano sax) restores the often omitted verse. The sound is excellent throughout the CD; although the audience members are clearly enjoying the music, their reactions are fortunately reserved until each piece is completed. Anyone who enjoys Ralph Sutton will consider this release an essential purchase.
Born: November 4, 1922 in Hamburg, MO
Years Active: '30s, '80s