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This is an auction for LOOSE SHOES: THE STORY OF RALPH SUTTON (1922-2001), by James D Shacter.

This is a *** SIGNED *** copy of the book. reviews:

“Loose Shoes, the story of one of the greatest jazz pianists in history, is the updated and expanded edition of 'Piano Man'. The first edition of the Ralph Sutton biography, with much new material added, makes up the first portion of 'Loose Shoes'. The biography is updated by 11 new chapters, and the number of pages of photographs has been doubled.”

“Ralph Sutton burst onto the jazz scene in the mid 1940s and has remained one of the finest jazz pianists ever since. Strongly influenced by Fats Waller, he has the strongest left hand in the business, has enormous power, drive and swing, coupled to great sensitivity and sophistication. This book is a life of Sutton but also an appreciation, drawing on the views of admiring fans and equally admiring jazz musicians. Although critical of some facets of Sutton's life, the overwhelming sense of the book is one of great affection and respect for a person who is not only a superb musician but a genuinely nice man. The book includes a discography and a fine range of photographs. For Sutton's many fans this should be self recommending. For others it gives some interesting insights into the life of the professional jazz musician, and should inspire you to buy some of his CDs! Recommended.”

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Hardback 1994.

391 pages + photographs.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.95 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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