Ralph Sutton

Live at Hanratty's

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A typically enjoyable outing by pianist Ralph Sutton, this club date features him in a set of duets with bassist Jack Lesberg. Sutton romps through six standards (including "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter," "Honeysuckle Rose" and "Rosetta") and puts sincere emotion and some surprises into a three-song Duke Ellington ballad medley. This fun Chaz Jazz LP, as with the 11 others featuring the great stride pianist, will be hard to find, since only the two albums Sutton made with fellow pianist Jay McShann have been thus far reissued on CD.