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At St. George Church
     

At St. George Church

by Ralph Sutton Quartet
 
Ralph Sutton was at the top of his game for this 1992 solo concert recorded at St. George Church in Bristol, England, for a BBC Radio 3 broadcast. Encouraged by an instrument that Sutton described as "the best damn piano I ever played," acoustically perfect surroundings, and a quiet and appreciative audience, the veteran stride pianist's 90-plus-minute set is full of

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Ralph Sutton was at the top of his game for this 1992 solo concert recorded at St. George Church in Bristol, England, for a BBC Radio 3 broadcast. Encouraged by an instrument that Sutton described as "the best damn piano I ever played," acoustically perfect surroundings, and a quiet and appreciative audience, the veteran stride pianist's 90-plus-minute set is full of musical treasures that he had played for decades, including "Tea for Two," "Ain't Misbehavin'," "Eye Opener," and "St. Louis Blues." Sutton occasionally takes time to share his memories of the composers, sharing anecdotes about Willard Robison (represented by the fine medley of "Old Folks/Cottage for Sale/'Tain't So, Honey, 'Tain't So") and Willie "The Lion" Smith ("Morning Air" and "Echo of Spring"), as well as kidding the audience about the meaning of the title to Fats Waller's "Viper's Drag." Writer/broadcaster Alyn Shipton MCed both the performance and its radio encores, while he also contributed the insightful liner notes to what should be considered an essential two-CD set for any fan of stride piano.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/12/2006
Label:
Arbors Records
UPC:
0780941133622
catalogNumber:
19336
Rank:
148454

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Performance Credits

Ralph Sutton   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Fats Waller   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Bob Zurke   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Larry Conley   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
J.C. Johnson   Composer
John Latouche   Composer
Richard Maltby   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Harry Brooks   Composer
Willard Robison   Composer
Alyn Shipton   Liner Notes
Joe Young   Composer
Mat Domber   Audio Production
Rachel Domber   Producer,Audio Production
Harry Akst   Composer
Ralph Freed   Composer
Dedette Lee Hill   Composer
Cecil Mack   Composer
Ted Fetter   Composer
Luke Melton   Cover Design

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