Ralph Sutton

An Adventure in Jazz Piano

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After moving to Aspen, Colorado, Ralph Sutton was recording only sporadically in the mid-'60s when record-label owner Larry Conger happened to catch the pianist playing with Bob Crosby's Bobcats on The Tonight Show, prompting him to immediately call Sutton and set

up this studio date to record An Adventure in Jazz Piano. Joined by bassist Johnny Haynes and Jim Lackey, two local musicians who provided great support to the visiting musician, Sutton plays a healthy dose of songs from the vast repertoire of his idol, Fats Waller, while offering his own brand of swinging stride piano, with a particularly strong left-hand driving "St. Louis Blues." The leader also offers a rare vocal in an amusing rendition of "'Tain't Nobody's Business if I Do," where he growls à la Willie "The Lion" Smith and jives as well as Waller himself. Since the predominately traditional jazz label, Solo, is unlikely to have distributed this LP very widely, it will be tough to acquire.