- Released: May 28, 2002
- Label: Gaslight
- 1.Viper's Drag
- 2.There'll Be Some Changes Made
- 3.Morning Air
- 4.A Porter's Love Song to a Chambermaid
- 5.Clothes Line Ballet
- 6.(Back Home Again In) Indiana
- 7.Ain't Misbehavin'
- 8.When I Grow Too Old to Dream
- 9.Echoes of Spring
- 10.Fine and Dandy
- 11.My Honey's Lovin' Arms
- 12.Tea for Two
- 13.St. Louis Blues
- 14.After You've Gone
- 15.Introduction & Interview With David Holt
Full performer name: Ralph Sutton & The Jim Cullum Jazz Band.
LONG WAY FROM SAINT LOUIS is a tribute to Fats Waller compiled from two radio programs from Public Radio International. It includes an 8 minute interview with Ralph Sutton with host David Holt.
Personnel: Ralph Sutton (piano); Howard Elkins (guitar, banjo); Ron Hockett (clarinet); Jim Cullum, Jr. (cornet); Mike Pittsley (trombone); John Sheridan (piano); Mike Waskiewicz (drums).
Audio Mixer: Jay A. Ryan .
Liner Note Authors: Dan Warner; John Sheridan.
Recording information: San Antonio, TX (03/08/2000).
Photographer: Dan Warner.
Unknown Contributor Roles: David Holt ; Jim Cullum Jazz Band.
Arrangers: John Sheridan; Ralph Sutton .
Ralph Sutton was recorded with the Jim Cullum Jazz Band (just over a year and a half prior to his death) for a tribute program in Cullum's long-running Riverwalk public radio series. The pianist is in his usual top form, including potent solo treatments of Fats Waller's "Viper's Drag" and his infrequently performed "Clothesline Ballet," as well as two gems by Willie "The Lion" Smith, "Morning Air" and "Echo of Spring." Sutton is joined by John Sheridan (Cullum's pianist) for a duo romp through "Fine and Dandy" (adding bass and drums in the background), while the full band accompanies the two keyboardists for a boisterous take of "St. Louis Blues." Cullum's band swings well along with its guest on oldies but goodies such as "(Back Home Again In) Indiana," "Ain't Mishbehavin'," and "There'll Be Some Changes Made." It's sad to realize that this may be one of Ralph Sutton's final recordings, but this talented exponent of classic jazz and stride piano at least was not ignored, as he was recorded numerous times in his final years. This excellent CD, which also includes a brief interview with Sutton by program host David Holt, will be savored by his fans. ~ Ken Dryden