Luckey Roberts & Ralph Sutton

Luckey Roberts & Ralph Sutton

by Luckey Roberts


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Luckey Roberts & Ralph Sutton

Luckey Roberts, considered one of the big three of 1920s stride piano (along with James P. Johnson and Fats Waller), was by far the most obscure of the trio, running a successful society band for decades but leading only three record sessions during his long career. This Solo Art CD brings back the six songs from his earliest (1946) date, and is quite impressive. Roberts' virtuosity and total command of the piano are remarkable and he really tears into his originals, which include "Ripples of the Nile" (turned by Glenn Miller into the pop hit "Moonlight Cocktail"), "Pork and Beans," and "Music Box Rag." Also on this valuable CD are pianist Ralph Sutton's four performances (plus an alternate take) from his debut as a leader in 1949 and eight exciting stride-filled duets with drummer George Wettling from 1952. While Sutton shows the influences of Bob Zurke and Joe Sullivan on the earlier titles, by 1952 he had found his own voice within the classic idiom. A highly recommended disc.

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Release Date: 12/01/1995
Label: Solo Art
UPC: 0762247801023
catalogNumber: 10
Rank: 111893

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