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Live at Maybeck Recital Hall Vol.30

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8. Love Lies
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Sutton is an extraordinary musician who came after what was generally regarded as the classic era of jazz and yet somehow was a part of it, since, as a youngster, he played in Eddie Condon's New York club and with Condon's bands. Wonderfully dextrous, he began his career when he was 20 by playing briefly in Jack Teagarden's big band before he was called into the army. Today he is the leading stride pianist and has been without competition since Willie "The Lion" Smith died. He easily outperforms other practitioners of the art (there aren't many) and like the Lion and James P. Johnson, the span of his music is enormous. In this beautifully recorded recital at the Maybeck Hall in 1993 he had the benefit of a beautiful instrument, far removed from the class of pub and night club pianos that he has worked at over the years. Here he pays tribute to many of his friends and influences with tunes by Fats Waller, the Lion and Bix Beiderbecke. There are also effective workouts on "St. Louis Blues" and Irving Berlin's "Russian Lullaby". --Steve Voce

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Fine Piano 31 Mar 2001
By B. D. Tutt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Ralph Sutton has long been a top flight stride pianist, and this 1994 album offers a typical set of Sutton favourites. Indeed, Sutton has been criticised for playing the same pieces again and again, and anyone who has heard him live will have heard many of these numbers.
However, Sutton is a genuinely improvising player, and within the context of Waller influenced stride piano, he plays with great creativity. Even though he must have played many of these pieces thousands of times, he finds something fresh to say. "Dinah", for example, is very different to previous recordings of it. Sutton is also a great ballad player, as tracks like "Love Lies" demonstrate.
Sutton is not quite in top form on this CD, but is such a fine player that a typical day for him is better than most of the competition. The sound quality is good, the audience enthusiastic and the piano in tune.
Along with "Live from the Cafe des Copains" on Sackville and "Eye Opener" on Solo Art, this album is a good record of the way Sutton has been playing in the last 20 years.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Stride Lives? 5 Mar 2005
By jive rhapsodist - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
OK, it's not so harsh...I'd give it 3 1/2 if I knew how. but still...I want to like this disc more - he plays great. On some tracks he really plays his butt off. But some of his choices...

I compared his version of Bix's In The Dark to Jess Stacy's wonderful performance. Sutton just doen't trust the material. The balance between Jazz and Impressionism is upset by his overreliance on rubato. And in Willie the Lion's Echo of Spring, a potentially magnificent performance is marred by his repeating the quotes from Waller's African Ripples, as though he doesn't think we got his connection. And at 6 min.,it's about a minute too long - the improvising is good but not fascinating. And just in terms of programming, there are a couple of quotes from Dinah, which is the next track!

There is a lot of Waller in Sutton's playing, but technically he cannot bring off Waller's pearly runs and arpeggios (hear the beginnings of Ain't Misbehavin' and Viper's Drag). But this is unfair; Fats was a miracle...

Sometimes Sutton's groove is a little too bouncy and not incisive enough for my taste. At those moments he sounds like the World's Greatest Restaurant Pianist...but then I'm not doing justice to his passion, which is considerable. He was not a simple re-creator; he did a lot to keep this music alive and vital. I totally respect that, and there's a lot of pleasure to get out of his playing here.
RALPH SUTTON 31 Mar 2013
By John. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
One to enjoy. Sutton plays with great delicacy, particularly on the Bix Beiderbecke numbers. The "standard" tunes receive subtle interpretations.
Ralph Sutton has fun at Maybeck! 4 Dec 2012
By W Potter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Live at Maybeck Vol. 30. The Sutton style has some whimsy and some barrelhouse but he enjoys himself on this CD. It's fun music, the kind I like to have playing in the car as I'm driving. You hear the spirit of the pieces but don't have to concentrate on the specifics. I still like his "Last of the Whorehouse Piano Players" relaxed, happy feeling music a bit better. It's hard not to like Ralph Sutton on anything he does. The Live at Maybeck solo piano series is wonderful. A small recital hall with a superb grand piano that musicians love to play. These artists all deserve more of the kind of exposure this series affords.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Ralph Sutton at Maybeck 21 Mar 2009
By Donald E. Gould - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the best of all Ralph Sutton recordings. The songs are classics. The piano is outstanding, as is the artist. His unique piano style and his arrangements are hard to copy. I will miss Ralph for the rest of my life.
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