Monday, August 1, 2016

Ruby Braff on Bethlehem ('54-'55)

This release compiles all of Rudy Braff’s recordings for the Bethlehem label for the first time ever on a single set. While the original EP and LP editions had incomplete sessions or combined tunes from different dates, the music is presented here with the complete sessions in chronological order. A version of “You Can Depend on Me” and an entire quintet sessions fronted by Braff and Bud Freeman appear here for the first time ever on cd. The album The Rudy Braff Special (Vanguard VRS8504), from the same period, has been added as a bonus in its entirety.

Source :

Ruby Braff
The Complete Bethlehem


Cd. 1

1 Blue and Sentimental (Basie, Livingston, David)  2:40
2 This Can’t Be Love (Rodgers, Hart)   2:38
3 Mean To Me (Ahlert, Turk)  3:02
4 Ellie (Braff)  2:27
5 The Blue Room (Rodgers, Hart)  2:50
6 I Can’t Get Started (Gershwin, Duke)  3:14
7 You’re A Sweetheart (McHugh, Adamson)  2:58
8 Struttin’ With Some Barbecue (Armstrong, Hardin)  2:44
9 Rosetta (Hines, Woode)  5:50
10 I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself a Letter (Ahlert, Young)  5:54
11 Sometimes I’m Happy (Grey, Caesar, Youmans)  8:07
12 You Can Depend on Me (Gordy, Robinson)  3:35
13 Auld Lang Syne (trad.)  5:43
14 Easy Living (Rainger, Robin)  3:43
15 Flowers For a Lady (Adams, Braff, Wilbur)  4:27
16 Foolin’ Myself (Lawrence, Tinturin)  3:56
17 I’ll Be Around (Wilder)  3:57
18 It’s Easy to Blame the Weather (Cahn, Chaplin)  2:23
19 Pullin’ Through (Trent)  2:57


Cd. 2

1 When You’re Smiling (Shay, Fisher, Goodwin)  2:49
2 You’re A Lucky Guy (Cahn, Chaplin)  3:51
3 Newport News (Freeman, Cary)  2:39
4 At Sundown (Donaldson)  3:59
5 Exactly Like You (McHugh, Fileds)  4:04
6 Let’s Do It (Porter)  3:01
7 But Not For Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  4:02
8 Romance In The Dark (Neisen, Coslow)  6:55
9 When You Wish Upon A Star (Harline, Washington)  5:58
10 A Ghost Of A Chance (Young, Washington, Crosby)  7:24
11 Where’s Freddie ? (Braff)  4:44
12 Wishing (Will Make It So) (Henderson, DeSylva)  3:16
13 I’m In The Market For You (Henley, McCarthy)  5:49
14 Sweet Sue, Just You (Harris, Young)  9:17
15 Linger Awhile (Owens, Rose)  5:00



[Cd. 1 # 1-8] Ruby Braff Quartet Swings (Bethlehem BCP1005)
Ruby Braff - crnt
Johnny Guarnieri - p
Walter Page - b
Bobby Donaldson - dr
Recorded in New York ; October 1954.
[Cd. 1 # 9-13] Ball at Bethlehem with Braff (Bethlehem BCP 1034)
Ruby Braff - crnt
Ed Hubble - tb
Sam Margolis - ts
Dick Katz - p
Gene Ramey - b
Izzy Skylar - dr
Recorded Live at Bethlehem Records, New Year’s Eve Party, New York ; December 31, 1954 & January 1, 1955.
[Cd. 1 # 14-19 & cd. 2 # 1-2] Holiday in Braff (Bethlehem BCP 1032)
Ruby Braff - crnt
Hymie Schertzer - as
Al Klink, Bob Wilber & Boomie Richman - ts
Sol Schlinger - bs
Ellis Larkins - p
Mundell Lowe & Art Ryerson - g
Walter Page - b
Bobby Donaldson - dr

Arrangements by Bob Wilber
Recorded in New York ; March 17 & 18, 1955.
[Cd. 2 # 3-7] Bud Freeman Quintet with Ruby Braff (Bethlehem BCP29)
Ruby Braff - crnt
Bud Freeman - ts
Kenny Kersey - p
Al Hall - b
George Wettling - dr
Recorded in New York, July 1955
[Cd. 2 # 8-15] Ruby Braff Special (Vanguard VRS8504)
Ruby Braff - crnt
Vic Dickenson - tb
Sam Margolis - ts & cl [# 9]
Nat Pierce - p
Walter Page - b
Jo Jones - dr
Recorded in New York, October 17, 1955


Descargador said...

Excelente. muy prometedor! Gracias

bluenote said...

Another fantastic post! Thank you very much.

desperado said...


Kneigh said...

And, again, another surprise, sir!! Many thanx for this great treat, Melanchthon!! So many good things at your site, and your rips and artwork are superb!!

neil said...

A fitting complement to the contemoraneous 'Ruby Braff and his Big City Six - Little Big Horn'; many thanks, mel...

greenishthing said...


theblueamos said...

thank you very very much from jerusalem

Baron said...

Cheers Mel ... Baron

Blue Eyes said...

Pheew! super! thank you very much Mel!

blbs said...

Gracias Mel!

CrunchyFrog said...

Ruby Braff & Vic Dickenson... great pair! Thanks!

rubberduck said...

A wonderful post, thanks MEL

Luro said...

Mercy beaucoup Melanchthon

Philo said...

This is a real gem. I am really enjoying the music. Thanks Melanchthon.

Bill said...

Very nice. Thanks, Mel.

Kovina Kris said...

This is quite nice Mel. Thank you!

Gaston said...

For those of us in low-bandwidth countries (I'm in Vietnam), please tr to split the files into smaller chunks, e.g, of 100MB each. Files this large tend to get dropped before the downloads complete, requiring multiple attempts. Thanks!

Otis Foster said...

Thnx melanchthon - I lost my copies somewhere along the way,

fcapeau said...

Many thanks for this great post, Mel.

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks Mel

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!

Melanchthon said...

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deGallo said...

Great post! Thank you.

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks a lot Mel.

Mike said...

Good to have some 'Braff!!!' Had the eponymous lp years ago and found his style attractive. Thanks.

sep troelstra said...

Many thanks!!

Anonymous said...

Mr. Braff! His music is pure joy. Thanks, MM!

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