Intimate live 1968 recording from Sunnie’s Rendezvous, a famous little club in Aspen, Colorado. The repertoire consists of ten eternal jazz standards in the classic swing/mainstream genre, which was the preferred jazz-style of both Ralph Sutton and Ruby Braff. Sutton, whose biggest influence was Fats Waller, excels as a stride pianist. Ruby Braff, whose hero was Louis Armstrong, is truly a virtuoso swing trumpeter. There is a clear, close affinity between the two musicians. Bassist Milt Hinton and drummer Mousey Alexander are two tasteful top jazz artists whose style of playing fit Sutton and Braff like a glove. Music such as this is the very essence of jazz. Four master craftsmen who make it all sound so easy - pacing themselves well and capable of generating as mush drive and excitement as a big band. Milt Hinton, the bassist on this gig, was very enthusiastic about the music played that evening in 1968: “I think Ruby Braff was playing at his very best at that time, and Ralph is always 100%. This type of piano playing is an almost lost art. Ralph has no peer at it.”
Ralph Sutton (piano), Ruby Braff (cornet), Milt Hinton (bass), Mousey Alexander (drums).
Recorded February 29, 1968