Thursday, May 2, 2013

Ruby Braff - Hi-Fi Salute to Bunny

Ruby Braff's 1957 tribute to trumpet great Bunny Berigan is only appropriate, as he has long since gone on to establish himself as one of the modern masters of swing. His band includes pianist Nat Pierce, guitarist Steve Jordan, clarinetist Pee Wee Russell, trombonist Benny Morton, tenor saxophonist Dick Hafer, bassist Walter Page (in one of his last recordings prior to his death), and drummer Buzzy Drootin. Braff's passionate, always-melodic solos contrast with Russell's rather distinctive approach to the clarinet, while the rhythm section is dominated by Page's fat-toned bass. The leader's approach to "I Can't Get Started," a song forever associated with Berigan, remains fresh decades later. Most of the selections were reissued on the since-deleted Bluebird CD This Is My Lucky Day, so finding a copy of this valuable music remains somewhat challenging.
Ken Dryden

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Ruby Braff
Hi-Fi Salute to Bunny


1 Keep Smiling at Trouble (Jolsen, DeSylva, Gensler) 5:31
2 I Can't Get Started (Duke, Gershwin) 6:10
3 It's Been So Long (Adamson, Donaldson) 7:23
4 I'm Coming Virginia (Cook, Heywood) 6:05
5 Marie (Berlin) 4:47
6 Downhearted Blues (Hunter, Austin) 6:29
7 I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good (Ellington, Webster) 4:22
8 Somebody Else Is Taking My Place ( Ellsworth, Howard, Morgan) 6:46
9 Did I Remember ?* (Adamson, Donaldson) 5:14

*bonus track, not part of original album


Ruby Braff - tp
Benny Morton - tb
Pee Wee Russell - cl
Dick Hafer - ts
Nat Pierce - p
Steve Jordan - g
Walter Page - b
Buzzy Drootin - dr

Recorded at RCA Studio 3, New York City ; March 26 [# 1, 3 & 4] ; April 3 [# 2, 5 & 7] ; & April 12 [# 6, 8 & 9], 1957


deGallo said...

Thank you for a very appreciated upgrade. Nice!

rm said...

merci beaucoup

ita diegues said...

Gracias Melanchthon.

jbl said...

Just played it for the first time, although I can remember to have from the library when it came out When i was still very young) Wonderful music, Ruby Braff has a tone which you recognize quite easily. Great stuff!

stringbender said...

Thanks for posting this - I'm a big fan of both Ruby Braff and Dick Hafer.

poppachubby said...

Man what a group!! Great post Mel thank you so much!!

Melanchthon said...

duck said...

More thanks Mel, hope you get time to listen too.

FrankDell said...

Late coming to this one. Mucho merci.

Jorge del Parque said...

Muchas gracias Melanchthon.