Ruby Braff’s style and delivery are unmistakable. Being a record collector for 50 years, I was once asked to provide music for a benefit fashion show. I agreed under the condition that the music would be traditional jazz. After the show, I was approached by two men from the audience who asked where I found enough Ruby Braff music for the 90 minute program. I had to confess that some of the records were Pee Wee Russell featuring Braff’s trumpet. Both men immediately joined the jazz society to which I belonged. "You just can’t mistake Ruby Braff for any other player".
Braff shares one quality with another Bostonian, the late Bobby Hackett, in that he never seems to fluff a note. If he does, you'll never notice. Now in his 73rd year, Ruby Braff remains a giant and age has taken no toll whatsoever. He remains as fluid and inventive as he was many moons ago when he shared the stage with PeeWee Russell, Buck Clayton, Mel Powell, Vic Dickenson and other legends.
This CD is a bit unusual in that it contains only six tracks, but those are all of generous length. In fact, some run over 15 minutes. The melodies include Love is Just Around the Corner, As Time Goes By, Tain’t So Honey, Melancholy Baby, If Dreams Come True and Braff’s original "Orange". The band is of "all star" quality featuring the likes of clarinetist Kenny Davern, tenor man Tommy Newsom, pianist John Bunch and the wonderful Howard Alden on guitar. Michael Moore and Kenny Washington lay down a solid beat throughout this remarkable session.
This is traditional jazz of the highest quality.