Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Ruby Braff - Born to Play

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Ruby Braff - Born to Play

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Ruby Braff - Born to Play By Thomas Hustad Scarecrow Press

This outstanding new book is a thoroughly detailed documentation of the 55 plus years musical career of Ruby Braff, the late jazz trumpet master. Born in 1927, Braff was one of a handful of second generation jazz musicians like Bob Wilber, Kenny Davern, Dick Wellstood and Ralph Sutton that earned top Jazz stature by continuing in the footsteps of their first generation predecessors such as Louis Armstrong, Bobby Hackett, Jimmie Noone, Benny Goodman and Fats Waller amongst several others. Like all of these Jazz greats, Ruby had a unique and immediately identifiable sound that was coupled with superb technique and phrasing. The resultant was an endless stream of musical creativity that unquestionably deserves an accounting in the history of Jazz recordings.

Professor Tom Hustad passionately has taken on the immensely challenging task of documenting Ruby's lengthy performing career. His scholarly tome clearly reflects many years of intense research that is factually supported and annotated throughout the volume. I have been a jazz record collector for over 50 years and I am simply amazed at the level of information amassed as well as how much hitherto undocumented information is brought to light. Ruby performed with a wide array of Jazz luminaries as well as popular artists and you certainly will be surprised at some of his musical encounters. As a Jazz discography, this book chronologically details all of Ruby's known recording sessions with dates and personnel where identifiable. …

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