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Album Review

The second of two solo piano CDs by Ralph Sutton taken from performances at Toronto's Cafe Des Copains is the equal of the first. Sutton, who has had no close competitors among stride pianists since the late 1940s other than Dick Wellstood and Dick Hyman, romps through such songs as "Dinah," "Believe It Beloved" and "Baby Brown," in addition to performing a few ballads and a four-song Duke Ellington medley. A typically strong and spirited outing by an underrated master.

Biography

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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