From 1997-1998, the Storyville label came out with several CDs featuring the great stride pianist Ralph Sutton performing at his wife's club, Sunnie's Rendezvous, in Aspen, CO, in the late '60s; much of the material, as with this release, was previously unissued. With the assistance of bassist Al Hall and drummer Cliff Leeman, Sutton romps through a variety of high-quality music. In addition to some standards ("Rosetta," "Ain't Misbehavin'," and a rollicking "St. Louis Blues"), Sutton performs Bob Zurke's "Hobson Street," two Willie "The Lion" Smith numbers, and four of rural folk composer Willard Robison's works. This strong release is often heated and occasionally lyrical; Ralph Sutton never played an uninspiring chorus.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow