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Ruby Braff/Pizzarellis: C'est Magnifique!

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It's not surprising that Tony Bennett, as well as the late Frank Sinatra, was a fan of the cornetist Ruby Braff (1927-2003). Like those singers, Braff had a life-long affair with the canon of (mostly) American songs known as pop standards. And like them, Braff brought fine-tuned musicality, craft and consummate artistry to interpreting that canon. He also brought a conspiratorial intimacy to his performances, as though he was letting you in on some special nuance or secret that only ...

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Bugle Call: Clark Terry's Live at Marihans & Ruby Braff's Controlled Nonchalance: Live at the Regattabar, Volume 2

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Clark Terry Live at Marihans Chiaroscuro 2005 Ruby Braff Controlled Nonchalance: Live at the Regattabar, Volume 2 Arbors Records 2005

At the invitation of the Bern International Jazz Festival in 2004, trumpeter Clark Terry assembled a 17-piece band consisting exclusively of his present and former students, ranging from 40ish trombonist Conrad Herwig to ...

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Rubyana: Amazing Grace/Rubyana/Epistrophy

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These three discs share the same players: Rubyana on flute, Al MacDowell on bass, Sharaye White on vocals, Frank Marino on drums, Yusef Ali on conga drums, and Eddie Boubay on timbales. I must confess when I read the makeup of the group I suspected the music might be somewhat one- dimensional, but for the most part I was wrong. Amazing Grace contains five versions of the tune. The music is of course a spiritual, but strangely ...

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Ruby Braff Quartet: Watch What Happens

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This review also serves as a tribute and an obituary for a marvelous jazz cornetist. Ruby Braff died on February 9, 2003 in North Chatham, Mass., at age 75. The cause of death was given as “complications related to emphysema and asthma." The cornetist, born in Boston on March 16, 1927, said that his major influence was Louis Armstrong. He had no formal education beyond high school; he said that he attended “Louis Armstrong University." Braff was an outspoken and ...

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Ruby Braff: I Hear Music

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Ruby Braff has compiled an album of sheer pleasure in quintet work. His well shaped cornet sound, and the interplay of the instruments through each cut is a shining example of mastery of pacing and a sense of timing. Within each of the cuts is a conversation between the instruments where each one says their version of the melody in turn. Cut 2, a medley of “Chicago” and “My Kind of Town” also has hints of Loesser’s “Baby, It’s Cold ...

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Ruby Braff and Ralph Sutton: R & R

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Two Like Minds...

Two classic traditional jazz recordings have finally made it to compact disc. The Ralph Sutton—Ruby Braff Duet (Chaz Jazz 101-2. 1979) and The Ralph Sutton—Ruby Braff Quartet (Chaz Jazz 102-2, 1979) have been re-released on a single Chiaroscuro CD— R & R: Ruby Braff and Ralph Sutton. This disc is a welcome addition to the digital age as this is the jazz of the 1920s and ‘30s as played by two of the greatest practitioners of the ...

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Ralph Sutton and Ruby Braff: R & R

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Whether it be taking the time to address all the nuances of “Little Rock Getaway" by playing this Joe Sullivan classic at a much slower pace than usual, or mildly swinging and shaking “Big Butter and Egg Man", or splitting the rhythm on “Tain't So Honey, Taint So", the style and substance of the music created by these two giants is immediately recognizable. Only the horns of Harry “Sweet" Edison and Don Fagerquist approach the lyricism of Braff. Here he ...

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Ruby Braff: Music For The Still Of The Night

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Ruby Braff has been so good for so long that it’s easy to take him for granted. He suffers from what a friend of mine calls the “Zoot Sims Syndrome" a situation in which another great release is not given its due because what did you expect? Well, Ruby Braff keeps cranking them out: creative performances with inspired bands. He also keeps attracting (like Sims consistently did) some of the best musicians jazz has to offer, his latest recording Music ...



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