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RALPH SUTTON! First Edition of "Piano Man: The Story of Ralph Sutton" Signed by Sutton! (SOLD!!)

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"Piano Man: The Story of Ralph Sutton" by James D. Shacter, 244 pages, First Edition (1975), hardcover w/ dustjacket, illustrated.

A fine specimen of the great jazz painist Ralph Sutton's signature, on a very hard to find biography. The dust jacket shows some damage (see below scan) but the book is in excellent condition.

Sutton was one of the greatest stride pianists of all time, and one of my personal favorites. His remakes of Fats Waller classics on his brilliant Solo Art album, "Alligator Crawl", even surpass Waller's versions in my humble opinion. Below is a brief biography of Sutton written by Scott Yanow for the All Music Guide to Jazz, reprinted with Scott's kind permission;

"Ralph Sutton is the greatest stride pianist to emerge since World War II with his only close competitors being the late Dick Wellstood and the very versatile Dick Hyman. Nearly alone in his generation, Sutton has kept alive the piano styles of Fats Waller and James P. Johnson, not as mere museum pieces but as devices for exciting improvisations. Although sticking within the boundaries of his predecessors, Sutton has infused the music with his own personality; few can match his powerful left hand. Ralph Sutton played with Jack Teagarden's big band briefly in 1942 before serving in the Army. After World War II he appeared regularly on Rudi Blesh's This Is Jazz radio show and spent eight years as the intermission pianist at Eddie Condon's club, recording frequently. He spent time playing in San Francisco, worked for Bob Scobey, moved to Aspen in the mid-'60s and became an original member of the world's Greatest Jazz Band with Yank Lawson, Bob Haggart and Bud Freeman. In the 1970s he recorded many exciting but now out-of-print albums for the Chaz label and since then has cut albums for quite a few labels. Sutton has kept a busy schedule through the mid-'90s, playing at jazz parties and festivals. Although he would have received much greater fame if he had been born 20 years earlier and come to maturity during the 1930s rather than the 1950s, Ralph Sutton has earned his place among the top classic jazz pianists of all time. -- Scott Yanow, All Music Guide"


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