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||Introduction By Ralph Sutton||Ralph Sutton||0:27||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Honeysuckle Rose||Ralph Sutton||6:16||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Love Lies||Ralph Sutton||6:07||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Echoes of Spring||Ralph Sutton||5:12||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Everything Happens to Me||Ralph Sutton||5:22||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||My Blue Heaven||Ralph Sutton||4:01||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Medley: Squeeze Me, Ain't Misbehavin'||Ralph Sutton||6:54||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||S'Posin'||Ralph Sutton||3:35||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Medley: Sophisticated Lady, I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart, Ring Dem Bells||Ralph Sutton||6:53||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Vipers Drag||Ralph Sutton||4:51||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Just One of Those Things||Ralph Sutton||5:27||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter||Ralph Sutton||2:17||$0.99||View In iTunes|
The great stride pianist Ralph Sutton is featured throughout this previously unreleased concert, a set of duets with drummer Michael Silva, who Sutton had met just minutes before going on-stage. Silva is very much in the background as Sutton performs some of his favorite songs. The tempos are usually pretty relaxed and there are no real barnburners, so this set is not as exciting as some of the pianist's most stirring performances. Still, the music is well played and Sutton was clearly having a good time playing before the audience in France. The final two numbers are called "bonus tracks" because they were recorded earlier that day at a rehearsal/soundcheck. "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter" has a good-humored and rare Sutton vocal. All in all, a solid if not essential release from a timeless master.
Born: November 4, 1922 in Hamburg, MO
Years Active: '30s, '80s