05 junho 2011

Ruby braff - Hi-Fi Salute to Bunny 1957

Ruby Braff- Trumpet
Benny Morton- Trombone
Dick Hafer- Sax (Tenor)
Pee Wee Russell- Clarinet
Steve Jordan- Guitar
Nat Pierce- Piano
Walter Page- Bass
Buzzy Drootin- Drums

01. Keep Smiling at Trouble 5:31
02. I Can't Get Started 6:10
03. It's Been So Long 7:23
04. I'm Coming Virginia 6:05
05. Marie 4:47
06. Downhearted Blues 6:29
07. I Got It Bad & That Ain't Good 4:22
08. Somebody Else Is Taking My Place 6:46
09. Did I Remember 5:14*

*[Bonus Track To Complete The Session - Not Issued On The Original LP]


Between 1930 and 1940 Bunny Berigan played for many orchestras, including Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Hal Kemp, Paul Whiteman, Red Norvo and Adrian Rollini. His trumpet voice did much to aid in their success. However, when it came to running his own band success was short lived, due to Berigan simply not having the business acumen needed for such a task. He will of course always be remembered for his magnificent recording of 'I Can't Get Started'.

Ruby Braff's 1957 tribute to trumpet great Bunny Berigan is only appropriate, as he has long since gone on to establish himself as one of the modern masters of swing. His band includes pianist Nat Pierce, guitarist Steve Jordan, clarinetist Pee Wee Russell, trombonist Benny Morton, tenor saxophonist Dick Hafer, bassist Walter Page (in one of his last recordings prior to his death), and drummer Buzzy Drootin. Braff's passionate, always-melodic solos contrast with Russell's rather distinctive approach to the clarinet, while the rhythm section is dominated by Page's fat-toned bass. The leader's approach to 'I Can't Get Started,' a song forever associated with Berigan, remains fresh decades later. Most of the selections were reissued on the since-deleted Bluebird CD This Is My Lucky Day, so finding a copy of this valuable music remains somewhat challenging.
By Ken Dryden, All Music Guide.

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