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Ralph Sutton and Dick Cary: Rendezvous at Sunnie’s 1969

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A frontline of pianist Ralph Sutton and trumpeter Dick Cary taking on 13 standards guarantees unswervingly straightahead and unabashedly mainstream results. This is Volume 7 of Arbors’ Historical Series, recorded in 1969 at Sunnie’s Rendezvous, near Sutton’s home in Aspen, Colorado. Sutton’s wife, Sunnie, owned the club at the time, begging the question: Why did Ralph play on a keyboard of questionable tuning? But what he played and how he played it could make anyone overlook the nit-picking.

The choice of Cary, who alternates between trumpet and alto horn (the latter resembles a shrunken French horn but produces a sweeter sound), was in keeping with Sutton’s predilection for lyrical brass players. (Think of the many recordings he made with cornetist Ruby Braff.)

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