Ruby Braff – The Best Of Braff (1999/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 39:09 minutes | 807 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: PrestoClassical | Front Cover | © Bethlehem Records
Reuben “Ruby” Braff was an American jazz trumpeter and cornetist. Jack Teagarden was once asked about him on the Gary Moore TV show and described Ruby as “the Ivy League Louis Armstrong”. The Best of Braff is a reissue of a Bethlehem collection that featured highlights from two ten-inch albums, A Ruby Braff Omnibus and Holiday in Braff, which is also released as Adoration of the Melody. Braff was at the beginning of his career as a leader here, yet he was already playing with ease, as these 12 songs illustrate. He may have gained greater popularity in the years following these recordings, but these remain among his finest waxings – and this is a nice way to acquire them.
Ruby Braff never tried to be trendy in the world of jazz. He never embraced anything that was considered modern: he was a purist, a traditionalist who seemed to channel Louis Armstrong when he played his trumpet or cornet. Indeed, Braff occasionally had trouble getting gigs because his music was considered out of style at the time. His smooth, technically-proficient horn work has since grown to be more appreciated over the years.
The dozen songs on this Best Of package were compiled from recordings originally released on two 10″ albums in 1954 and 1955, including one of his most acclaimed sessions, a Billie Holiday tribute called Holiday In Braff.
01 – When You’re Smiling
02 – Easy Living
03 – Pullin’ Thru
04 – You’re A Lucky Guy
05 – You’re A Sweetheart
06 – Struttin’ With Some Barbecue
07 – Flowers for a Lady
08 – Foolin’ Myself
09 – I’ll be around: I’ll Be Around
10 – It’s Easy To Blame The Weather
11 – Mean to Me
12 – Ellie
Recorded between March 1954 – March 1955.
Remastered in 2013.