Magazine article IAJRC Journal

And the Shubert Alley Cats Goes Girl Crazy

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

And the Shubert Alley Cats Goes Girl Crazy

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Ruby Braff

And The Shubert Alley Cats

Goes "Girl Crazy "

Wounded Bird WOU 1273 [CD]

Ruby Braff (tp) Al Cohn (ts, cl) Hank Jones (p) Jim Hall (g) George Duvivier, Bob Haggart (b) Buzzy Drootin (d). New York, December 4, 1958

Embraceable You/Treat Me Rough/But Not For Me/Boy! What Love Has Done For Me/I Got Rhythm/Bidin' My Time/Could You Use Me/Barbary Coast. TT 39:19

I couldn't resist bringing this Ruby Braff (1927 - 2003) release to your attention because it's a superb example of outstanding jazz musicians just playing so well, like a bunch of old shoes, so comfortable. And Braff is on trumpet, not comet, for the entire session. I'm sure it's just me, but I find his trumpet recordings more impressive than his comet ones. There are simple head arrangements to start each tune but then just one inventive solo after another. In addition to Braff s always superb work, Al Cohn shines on both tenor and clarinet.

Jack Teagarden once described Ruby as "the Ivy League Louis Armstrong" and that was an apt descriptor as Braff often mentioned Armstrong and Hackett as his major influences. …

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