Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Ruby Braff & George Barnes - Live at the New School

Digby Fairweather called this group "a dazzling quartet, one of the great small groups in jazz." I wouldn't argue with that, in fact if I rated my own collection in order of gratification this CD would be in the top three. Sadly the group lasted only from 1973 to 1975; this recording being made live in 1974. The group consisted of two gifted virtuosos and two modest rhythm men, Michael Moore (bass) and Wayne Wright (guitar), who, during the whole of the 20 tracks never take a solo. They simply provide the finest of backgrounds for Ruby Braff (trumpet) and George Barnes (guitar) to create masterful patterns. Musically, the empathy of these co-equal accompanists provides jazz in the mainstream form of the highest integrity. The more you hear this music the more you appreciate it. Without doubt this is a very special recording made by the New School Audio Engineering Class and as stated the music is recorded very satisfactorily however there were no voice mics. So, much of the verbal crossfire is lost. But there again one buys these CDs for the music.
Mike Powell

Source : http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B000003H8N/

Ruby Braff
George Barnes
Live at the
New School
(The Complete Concert)


1 This Can't Be Love (Hart, Rodgers)  3:54
2 With me for Love (Braff, Wilson)  3:31
3 There Will Never Be Another You (Gordon, Warren)  3:50
4 Solitude (DeLange, Ellington, Mills)  2:28
5 Struttin' With Some Barbecue (Armstrong, Raye)  3:32
6 On the Sunny Side of the Street (Fields, McHugh)  3:09
7 Thou Swell (Hart, Rodgers)  4:19
8 Body and Soul (Eyton, Green, Heyman, Sour)  4:01
9 Squeeze Me (Waller, Williams)  3:38
10 It Don't Mean a Thing (If it Ain't Got That Swing) (Ellington, Mills)  3:36
11 Rockin' in Rhythm (Carney, Ellington, Mills)  2:30
12 Sugar (Alexander, Mitchell, Pinkard)  4:45
13 Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away) (Gershwin, Gershwin, Kahn)  3:48
14 You're a Lucky Guy (Cahn, Chaplin)  3:35
15 Don't Blame Me (Fields, McHugh, Raksin, Wess)  3:01
16 Cheek to Cheek Berlin)  2:38
17 Mean to Me (Ahlert, Turk)  4:09
18 Here, There and Everywhere (Lennon, McCartney)  2:07
19 Goose Pimples (Henderson, Trent)  4:08
20 No One Else But You (Redman)  4:35


Ruby Braff - crnt
George Barnes - g sl
Wayne Wright - rhth g
Michael Moore - b

Recorded live at The New School, New York, New York ; April 22, 1974


ita diegues said...

Gracias Melanchthon.

LaroSwing said...

Thank you melanchthon for these fine Barnes/Braff recordings.

Davidscott789 said...

bless you, melanchthon

theblueamos said...

Thank you very much from jerusalem

deGallo said...

Thank you Mel.

poppachubby said...

Braff on Chiarascuro...brilliant. Thanks so much Mel.

Adrian said...

Superb liveset.
Too bad that the sound level is sometimes so low.
Thanks a lot.

Kovina Kris said...

I have this and it is one of the very best jazz records I own. There is nothing innovative here but the qualitative rating is off the scale! It is a "desert island" disc for sure. George Barnes is absolutely on fire for every second and every note he plays. GET IT!!

P.S. You CAN hear much of the stage banter if you're quick with the volume knob to turn it up between songs and turn it back down when the music restarts.

Blue Eyes said...

Superb post! thanks a lot Melanchthon!

Alexandra Leh said...

hello, all...i'm the daughter of george barnes, and am always delighted to see the continuing appreciation for my father's music. as a writer/producer in los angeles, i'm working what is understandably my favorite project: THE GEORGE BARNES LEGACY COLLECTION. the first release (a combination of his 1970 beginners' teaching method and the last method he produced, "my students' favorite" series) is coming soon...followed by a wonderful collection of never-before-released jam sessions with his fellow masters. my mother and i are also in the process of reclaiming those of his recordings that have been floating around without the return of royalties -- a lamentable practice that has plagued so many fine musicians over the years.

last year, i produced a recording of the session for his only classical recording, the bach fugue in g minor: http://theartofsoundgallery.com/site/gallery/bach-fugue-in-gm/

thanks for letting me check in, and for loving my dad's work; feel free to get in touch with me at lacheraqui@gmail.com

cheers, alexandra barnes leh

Orbyt said...

I love this GB session with Braff. Superb post, Mel.

MrBill said...

What a great group! Thanks so much!

Doug said...

Thanks for this Ruby Braff and George Barnes album and so much more ...

Terry said...

Thanks Mel- I don't know how I missed it before.

Jazzfun said...

Great. Thanks.

AmyBRAINS said...

Great post, Melanchthon.
Many thanks.

ProfessorCalculus said...

Fantastico, Mucho Gracias

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

francisco santos said...

BIG THX!....

rubberduck said...

very nice, many thanks

Melanchthon said...


pe444rro said...

Muchisimas gracias Mel, encantadora grabaciòn.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Two of my fave musicians you introduced me to, MM, together! I shall never forget moment when I heard them, on separate occassions, after visit to your blog. Master Teacher, thanks for keeping it all alive.

Pepin said...

Muchas gracias Mel. Fantastico

Anonymous said...

Muchas gracias Mel, excelente !!!

adakun said...

Grande disco, todos los temas son fabulosos. Gracias Mel

sep troelstra said...

Many thanks!!

aroonie said...

Thanks Mel. Much appreciated. The greats of jazz.

Jazz Padd said...

Got some of your other George Barnes uploads, thanks for introducing me to this amazing guitarist. Would love to hear this one if possible to refresh the links. Many thanks!