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Ralph Sutton

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 Sutton played with Jack Teagarden's big band briefly in 1942 before serving in the Army. After World War II he appeared regularly on Rudi Blesh's This Is Jazz radio show and spent eight years as the intermission pianist at Eddie Condon's club, recording frequently. He spent time playing in San Francisco, worked for Bob Scobey, moved to Aspen in the mid-'60s, and became an original member of the World's Greatest Jazz Band with Yank Lawson, Bob Haggart, and Bud Freeman. In the 1970s, he recorded many exciting albums for the Chaz label and then cut albums for quite a few labels. Despite suffering a stroke in the early '90s, Sutton kept a busy schedule through the mid-'90s, playing at jazz parties and festivals. He died suddenly on December 29, 2001, in his car outside a restaurant in Evergreen, CO. Although he would have received much greater fame if he had been born 20 years earlier and come to maturity during the 1930s rather than the 1950s, at the time of his death it was obvious that Ralph Sutton had earned his place among the top classic jazz pianists of all time. ~ Scott Yanow
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Track List: Easy Street

1. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone

2. Mary Lou

3. Easy Street

4. Clarinet Marmalade

5. June Night

6. When I Grow Too Old To Dream

7. Wolverine Blues

8. Tea For Two

9. A Hundred Years From Today

10. Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gave to Me

11. Handful of Keys

12. T'Aint So Honey T'Aint So

13. China Boy

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Track List: Oh Baby

1. Down Home Rag

2. Harlem Drag

3. Jenny Roll Blues

4. Cannon Ball Blues

5. Black Bottom Stomp

6. Cataract Rag

7. Shoe Shine Boy

8. Christopher Columbus

9. Hindustan

10. Villian

11. Frog Legs Rag

12. Chromatic Rag

13. Grace And Beauty

14. The Cascades

15. Black And White Rag

16. Three Little Words

17. No Local Stops

18. Oh Baby

19. Concentrating

20. Drop Me Off In Harlem

21. Morning Air

22. Blues For Chuck

23. African Ripples

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Track List: Ralph Sutton At Cafe Des Copains

1. Laugh, Clown, Laugh

2. You Can Depend On Me

3. Poor Butterfly

4. Snowy Morning Blues

5. Russian Lullaby

6. Sweet Sue

7. This Is All I Ask

8. Somebody Stole My Gal

9. St. Louis Blues

10. My Blue Heaven

11. Exactly Like You

12. Christopher Columbus

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Top notch musice played by a pianist who knew how to play it!
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I hear Hoggie Carmichael. Sweet.
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mikepriest2
I did know Ralph Sutton and can assure everyone that he war the most genuine person I've ever known and made people happy ever time he sat down to play. A dear friend
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I wonder if Pandora could create some sort of engine that would go through the comments and delete everything containing the phrase Don't read this cause it actually works.
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Don't read this cause it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life.tomorro w w will be the best day of your life.however if you don't post this you will die in two days.now you've started reading so don't stop.this is so scary.put this on at least 5songs in 143 minutes.when done press f6 and your lovers name will come on screen in big letters. This is scary because it really works.
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A gifted pianist!
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mooyoo.77
so glad keep this great,keep this great music alive for generations to come.
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rubyboyer82
This music is so relaxing.I am glad for Scott Joplin and his wonderful music.
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nmanno2003
This music just melts life's troubles away. Thank God for Scott Joplin and all the other fine talents.
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Wonderful!!!
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A fine musician!
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unhee
great music....I find a soothing feeling listening to Mr. Sutton. Thanks Pandora for making these old musically strong and gifted greats available. I may have my roots in the music of the 60's but this stuff is real!!! john
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oh boy...when I die, I hope I go to a place where there is stride piano...this is 'feel good' music...you don't hear much about these guys anymore, and it is wonderful to have access to their brilliant music through Pandora...Su t t o n was 'musically' strong and teased you into enjoying his playing. He balanced both a sense of joy and imagination with his awesome skill...

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