Saturday, June 10, 2017

Ruby Braff - You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me

It is often written that Ruby Braff was born too late, that he would have been more at home if he entered the jazz scene during the era of Dixieland or swing. That didn't bother him in the least, as he went on to record dozens of albums as a leader during a career that spanned a half-century. This pair of studio sessions from 1959 features the trumpeter with an outstanding group consisting of vibraphonist Don Elliott, guitarist Mundell Lowe, bassist Milt Hinton, drummer Don Lamond, and either Nat Pierce or Hank Jones on piano. Sadly, the ten tracks recorded were popular at the time but have all faded from modern jazz repertoire, with the exception of You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To." Braff loved what he considered to be great melodies, and his improvisations are consistently well conceived, yet never stray too far from the basic chord structure. Highlights include the lush treatment of "You're Getting to be a Habit with Me" (with superb comping by Lowe), the brisk "Taking a Chance on Love," and an energetic "If Dreams Come True." The sound on this LP, which was made at the dawn of the stereo era, is amazingly intimate. This is one of many first rate recordings made by Ruby Braff during the early part of his career that is long overdue to be reissued. Expect to pay a premium price for this long unavailable Stere-o-craft LP, if you can find it at all.
Ken Dryden

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:dzfexqrgldde

Ruby Braff
You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me

Tracks

1 Someday, Sweetheart (Spikes, Spikes)  3:10
2 When Your Lover Has Gone (Swan)  3:30
3 You're Getting to Be a Habit With Me (Dubin, Warren)  2:54
4 Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love) (Porter)  3:10
5 Swing That Music (Armstrong, Gerlach)  2:52
6 You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To (Porter)  3:44
7 Taking a Chance on Love (Duke, Fetter, LaTouche)  2:39
8 Cabin in the Pines (Hill)  3:53
9 Lazy (Berlin)  3:00
10 If Dreams Come True (Goodman, Mills, Sampson)  3:10

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Personnel
Ruby Braff - tp
Don Elliott - vb
Mundell Lowe - g
Nat Pierce or Hank Jones - p
Milt Hinton - b
Don Lammond - dr

Recorded in New York City ; 1961

Originally issued in LP as Stereocraft RCS 507

27 comments:

Terry said...

Thank you for this wonderful Ruby Braff post.

David said...

Thank you Melancthon! I love Braff and never heard this one. Looking forward to it.

ruskaval said...

A++
Thank You Very Much!

cvllos said...

This must be nice.
Ruby with Don Elliot and the whole team..
Many thanks for this one more!

the doc said...

:-) thanx

Blue Eyes said...

Wow! superb album ! Thank you Melancthon!

jazzlover said...

Ruby Braff is great,thank you for share this post.

bluenote said...

Thanks for the Ruby Braff! Several of his albums from 1955-1959 are among my favorites -- and a remarkable unreleased session with Pee Wee Russell was recently made available on Mosaic's Columbia Small Group Swing Sessions set. What a great time for Ruby!

Thanks again!

Michael Steinman said...

Your readers might be interested in my own blogpost about mhttp://jazzlives.wordpress.com/2008/05/17/i-thought-i-heard-ruby-braff-say/eeting and hearing Ruby --
He remains one of my heroes, and I've written about him often. Cheers! Michael Steinman
JAZZ LIVES

Jaffa said...

SWEEEEEEEET ! Thanks very much !!!

Jaffa said...

@ Michael: Nice story ! Reminds me of my salad days when I often had the chance to meet and talk to Al Casey about his his years with Fats Waller.

hulaboy said...

Thanks, Mel!

aroonie said...

Thank you for Ruby Braff. Excellent and the first time I have seen it. And I enjoyed the puzzle finding the download!

Otis Foster said...

Thanks Mel. Great musician. His sessions with Ellis Larkins are outstanding.

FrankDell said...

Merci Mel.

deGallo said...

Marvelous! Thank you.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel! Completely new to me

chuchuni said...

Thanks for the new opportunity, Mel!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Melanchthon said...

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DEEP said...

You're getting to be CLASP-it with ME!!
CLASP!!

Jazz Padd said...

Thanks for this, and for the opportunity to hear some Mundell Lowe guitar work.

francisco santos said...

BIG THX!...

adakun said...

Gracias Mel!!

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks a lot Mel.

Anonymous said...

This is it! Pure Music! When the chips are down we all know Mr. Braff has few peers, past, or present. Future no-one knows, I hope there is a kid somewhere in this world who shall carry the torch!. Thank you dear MM.

Kovina Kris said...

What a fantastic post. The great Braff with a great lineup and a really rare out of print LP. Doesn't get a whole lot better. Thank you very much!