Saturday, April 23, 2016

Ruby Braff & George Barnes - To Fred Astaire with Love

For their last album together, To Fred Astaire with Love (which opens our CD), the bassist present was Michael Moore. He had recorded on most at their works as a quartet. This last album consisted of a homage to Fred Astaire, compiling songs the octor-singer-dancer had made famous in his movies. Mast ol the program (six out of the ten songs) features tunes by Irving Berlin, while the rest include two by the Gershwin brothers, one by Jerome Kern & Johnny Mercer, and a Dietz-Schwartz item. The original liner notes quoted the book American Popular Song by Alec Wilder, stating that : "Every song written for Fred Astaire seems to bear his mark. Every writer, in my opinion, was vitalized by Fred Astaire and wrote in a manner they had never quite written in before : he brought out in them something a little better than their best — a little more subtlety, flair, sophistication, wit and style, qualities he himself possesses in generous measure..“.
The Ruby Braff-George Barnes Quartet does justice to these outstanding compositions, in a way that will leave the listener happy and with no need for a singer. Even such battered tunes like 'Cheek to Cheek" seem fresh here in the hands at the two masters. While Braff would live many years aiter the recording at these albums, Barnes (who was the first jazz musician ever to record with an electric guitar, on March 1, 1938), would die soon after on September 5, 1977, at the age of 56.
Michael Sheldon (2009), from the booklet

Ruby Braff
George Barnes
To Fred Astaire with Love


1 Cheek to Cheek (Berlin)  2:19
2 They Can't Take That Away from Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:41
3 Easter Parade (Berlin)  2:13
4 A Shine On Your Shoes (Dietz, Schwartz)  2:01
5 I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket (Berlin)  2:22
6 They All Laughed (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:22
7 Be Careful, It's My Heart (Berlin)  2:22
8 I'm Old Fashioned (Mercer, Kern)  2:18
9 Isn't It a Lovely Day to Be Caught in the Rain (Berlin)  2:34
10 Top Hat, White Tie and Tails (Berlin)  2:09
11 Oh, That Kiss (Waren, Dixo, Young)  4:01
12 With Time to Love (Braff, Wilson)  3:22
13 Looking At You (Porter)  4:31
14 Old Folks (Robison)  2:54
15 Liza (Gershwin, Gershwin)  4:59
16 Here, There and Everywhere (Lnnon, McCartney)  2:06
17 Our Love Is Here to Stay (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:36
18 Nobody Else But You (Redman)  5:00
19 It's Like the Fourth of July (Barnes)  3:21
20 Everything's George (Braff)  4:41


[# 1-10] The Ruby Braff-George Barnes Quartet - To Fred Astaire with Love (RCA ‎– APL1-1008)
Ruby Braff - crn
George Barnes - g
Wayne Wright - rht. g
Michael Moore - b
Recorded in New York ; February 3/5, 1975
[# 11-20]  The Ruby Braff-George Barnes Quartet (Chiaroscuro Records CR 121)
Same as above, except
John Giuffrida - b, replaces Moore
Recorded in New York ; July 1973


Melanchthon said...

Mike said...

Love those old Astaire movies and these songs. Thank you!

Karl K said...

Merci, Mel! Great collection of songs I grew up with and remember distinctly!

Historicus said...

Great, many thanks!

deGallo said...

Magical! Thank you.

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thx Mel

daniel genovese said...


lucky5 said...

Thanks a lot, Mel!

AmyBRAINS said...

It's a magical sond.
Thanks a lot, Melanchthon.

brian said...

thanks mel! i have LP... and here is cd with bonuses! thanks!

Sandflyer said...

Many thanks for some of these recent jazz guitar classics!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Kovina Kris said...

All of the Braff/Barnes stuff I've heard is excellent. I don't expect this to be any different. Thank you!