05 junho 2011

Ruby Braff and the Flying Pizzarellis C'est Magnifique! 2007

MP3 @256 kb/s - 139 Mb (ZIP)
Label - Arbors Records


1. Lulu’s Back in Town (7:49)
2. Was I to Blame for Falling in Love with You? (4:55)
3. You’re a Lucky Guy (9:47)
4. When a Woman Loves a Man (6:03)
5. C’est Magnifique! (7:03)
6. My Honey’s Lovin’ Arms (9:52)
7. I Didn’t Know What Time It Was (4:38)
8. They Can’t Take That Away From Me (5:59)
9. As Time Goes By (4:28)
10. Sometime I’m Happy (8:37)
11. Dancing on the Ceiling (5:06)


Ruby Braff - cornet

Bucky Pizzarelli - guitar

John Pizzarelli - guitar, vocal (tracks 8 & 9)
Martin Pizzarelli - bass

Ray Kennedy - piano
Jim Gwinn - drums and The Oo-La-La Singers (track 5)

and others….

“One of the great swing/Dixieland cornetists, Ruby Braff went through long periods of his career unable to find work because his music was considered out-of-fashion, but his fortunes improved by the 1970s. A very expressive player who in later years liked to build his solos up to a low note, Braff’s playing was instantly recognizable within seconds.
Braff mostly worked around Boston in the late ‘40s. He teamed up with Pee Wee Russell when the clarinetist was making a comeback (they recorded live for Savoy), and after moving to New York in 1953, he fit easily into a variety of Dixieland and mainstream settings. Braff recorded for Vanguard as a leader, and with Vic Dickenson, Buck Clayton, and Urbie Green. He was one of the stars of Buck Clayton’s Columbia jam sessions, and in the mid-‘50s worked with Benny Goodman. But, despite good reviews and occasional recordings, work was hard for Braff to come by at times. In the 1960s, he was able to get jobs by being with George Wein’s Newport All-Stars and at jazz festivals, but it was not until the cornetist formed a quartet with guitarist George Barnes, in 1973, that he became more secure. Afterward, Braff was heard in many small-group settings, including duets with Dick Hyman and Ellis Larkins (he had first met up with the latter in the 1950s), quintets with Scott Hamilton, and matching wits with Howard Alden. He remained one of the greats of mainstream jazz until his death in 2003.”

(C) Scott Yanow
“This recording proved to be Ruby’s last studio recording for Arbors Records. He took sick while touring in Scotland in August 2002 and passed away on February 9, 2003. Ruby left us a legacy represented by his uncompromising standards, musical taste, creative imagination and consummate artistry – nice tunes, beautifully played. He achieved what only some musicians ever accomplish by developing a unique and immediately recognizable style. His standards and dedication were legend. After all, he wanted to be remembered for his music, not for his life. 

(C) Tom Hustad - Arbors Records
“Ruby Braff is amazing - a horn that sounds like a human voice, expressive, buttery, and articulate. The Pizzarelli’s are also deft and excellent. This is a great CD recommended in New Yorker magazine as one of the best of 2007.”

(C) Norm Wheeler - Amazon

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