JazzTimes - 5/93, p.77
"...This is most enjoyable piano, despite whatever the family value folks say about the title; 'cause the truth is spoken here..."
Personnel: Ralph Sutton, Jay McShann (piano); Milt Hinton (bass); Gus Johnson (drums).
Recorded in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on March 27-28, 1989. Includes liner notes by Hayden Carruth.
Personnel: Ralph Sutton (piano); Jay McShann (piano); Gus Johnson (drums).
Liner Note Author: Hayden Carruth.
Recording information: Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ (03/27/1989-03/28/1989).
Editor: Jon Bates.
Illustrator: Alberto Vargas.
Photographer: Rollo Phlecks.
Not to be confused with the CD reissue of the same name (Chiaroscuro 206) recorded in 1979, this reunion encounter by pianists Ralph Sutton and Jay McShann (in a quartet with bassist Milt Hinton and drummer Gus Johnson) is up to the same level of the original dates, with plenty of heated moments on songs such as "Old Fashioned Love," "Sweet Georgia Brown," "Cherry," and "I've Found a New Baby." While Sutton is the definitive stride pianist of the past half-century, McShann (who also takes a couple of vocals) finds space to infuse the music with a strong dose of blues and Kansas City swing. A seven-minute "Jazzspeak" wraps up the enjoyable outing with some reminiscing about the sessions. ~ Scott Yanow