Ralph Sutton p / Jon-Erik Kellso tp
Brian Ogilvie ts, cl / Marty Grosz g, voc
Dave Green b / Frank Capp dr
1 Christopher Columbus
2 Squeeze Me
3 Keepin' Out Of Mischief Now
4 Clothes Line Ballet
5 Viper's Drag
6 Lonesome Me
7 Ain't Misbehavin'
8 Blue Turning Grey Over You
9 I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby
Recorded live at the Hanse-Merkur Auditorium,
Hamburg, on October 9, 1999.
Ralph ‘Earl’ Sutton is an outstanding pianist in the great tradition of Harlem stride giants James P. Johnson and Fats Waller.
“Ralph Sutton is without a doubt the greatest exponent today of the two hands and ten fingers style of jazz piano playing ... undoubtedly one of the best pianists in jazz today ... he swings ... tremendous personal beat and drive ... Andre Previn once referred to Sutton as one of the few jazz pianists who had complete mastery of his instrument. Sutton plays with both hands and ten fingers, a full harmonic sense and a delightful wit in his solos. He can swing a band, too.” Ralph Gleason, San Francisco Chronicle
“…the Waller magic emerges. It’s joyous, foot-tapping music throughout.” Jazz Canadiana
"I can't think of anybody who's better than Ralph Sutton." Bing Crosby
"He's probably the strongest two-handed pianist I've ever heard." Yank Lawson
"… he's just sensational as a soloist." Peanuts Hucko
"He's a complete musician - even plays Chopin, Brahms, and Bach beautifully." Teddy Wilson
"I'm glad to have passed through this life--just to have met Ralph Sutton." Milt Hinton