Ralph Sutton & Kenny Davern [Complete]

Ralph Sutton & Kenny Davern [Complete]

by Kenny DavernKenny Davern


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This CD reissue combines two full LPs originally recorded for the Chaz Jazz label, with pianist Ralph Sutton and clarinetist Kenny Davern joined by Gus Johnson on drums. Traditional jazz fans will delight in Sutton's powerful brand of stride piano (the bass is never missed), yet he is also a very effective accompanist who can play a soft ballad with the best of them. Davern's always lyrical clarinet explores a wider range than most trad jazz players. Things get underway at a fast clip with "That's A-Plenty," followed by a dreamy take of James P. Johsnon's "Old Fashioned Love." Each man has an individual vocal feature as well: Davern's approach to "Take Me to the Land of Jazz" is almost conversational, while Sutton adds an enthusiastic humorous vocal á la Fats Waller to his upbeat solo feature of "'Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do," and Johnson's voice is surprisingly similar to Doc Cheatham's in a warm rendition of "Sweet Lorraine." Marty Grosz's hilarious liner notes have been retained, and an amusing new cartoon cover has been added by George Booth, making this CD a desirable purchase even if you already own the two long unavailable LPs that first showcased this music.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/05/1998
Label: Chiaroscuro Records
UPC: 0091454020829
catalogNumber: 208
Rank: 108853


  1. That's A-Plenty
  2. Old Fashioned Love
  3. Jazz Me Blues
  4. Am I Blue
  5. St. Louis Blues
  6. Black and Blue
  7. Take Me to the Land of Jazz
  8. All by Myself
  9. My Honey's Lovin' Arms
  10. 'Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do
  11. My Daddy Rocks Me
  12. I Would Do Most Anything for You
  13. Sweet Lorraine
  14. Memphis Blues
  15. A Porter's Love Song to a Chambermaid

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kenny Davern   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Vocals,Track Performer
Ralph Sutton   Piano,Vocals
Gus Johnson   Drums,Vocals

Technical Credits

Marty Grosz   Liner Notes
Charles Baron   Producer
Porter Grainger   Composer
Bert Kalmar   Composer
Hank O'Neal   Reissue Producer
John Orr   Remixing
Clarence Williams   Composer
Trixie Smith   Composer
Ray Gilbert   Composer
Edgar Leslie   Composer
Lew Pollack   Composer
Pete Wendling   Composer
Robert Prince   Composer
W. Benton Overstreet   Composer
John Orr   Engineer
Charles Baron   Producer
Gaylord Russell   Engineer

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