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Ruby Braff

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. ~ Scott Yanow
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Where is Freddie?

1. Don't Blame Me

2. Mean to Me

3. You've Changed

4. Hear Me Talkin' To Ya

5. No One Else But You

6. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out

7. Where's Freddy

8. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

9. Smart Apex Blues

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Track List: The Best Of Braff (Remastered 2013)

1. When You're Smiling

2. Easy Living

3. Pullin' Thru

4. You're A Lucky Guy

5. You're A Sweetheart

6. Struttin' With Some Barbecue

7. Flowers For A Lady

8. Foolin' Myself

9. I'll Be Around

10. It's Easy To Blame The Weather

11. Mean To Me

12. Ellie

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Track List: Our Love Is Here To Stay

1. Linger Awhile

2. All My Life

3. Day In, Day Out

4. I'm Coming Virginia

5. I Know That You Know

6. Deed I Do

7. Clear Water

8. Medley: What Is There To Say/Our Love Is Here To Stay

9. The Darktown Strutters' Ball

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Track List: C'est Magnifique

1. Lulu's Back In Town

2. Was I To Blame For Falling In Love With You'

3. You're A Lucky Guy

4. When A Woman Loves A Man

5. C'est Magnifique

6. My Honey's Lovin' Arms

7. I Didn't Know What Time It Was

8. They Can't Take That Away From Me

9. As Time Goes By

10. Sometime I'm Happy

11. Dancing On The Ceiling

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Track List: Duets, Vol. 1

1. Thou Swell

2. Where Or When

3. Mountain Greenery

4. I Married An Angel

5. Blues For Ruby

6. Blue Moon

7. Love For Sale

8. What Is There To Say

9. Please

10. Skylark

11. Sailboat In The Moonlight

12. My Romance

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Track List: Duets, Vol. 2

1. You Took Advantage Of Me

2. The Girl Friend

3. When A Man Loves A Woman

4. I Could Write A Book

5. Old Folks

6. Pockets Full Of Dreams

7. You Are Too Beautiful

8. My Funny Valentine

9. I'Ve Got The World On A String

10. Little Girl Blue

11. I Didn'T Know What Time It Was

12. A City Called Heaven

13. Blues For Ellis

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Track List: Variety Is The Spice Of Braff

2. Happiness Is Just A Thing Called Joe

3. Moments Like This

4. Crazy Rhythm

5. Liza All The Clouds'll Roll Away

6. Jumpin' At The Woodside

7. I Ain't Got Nobody

8. Somebody Stole My Gal

9. Medley: Memories Of You / It Must Be True

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Track List: I Hear Music

1. I Hear Music

2. Chicago Medley: Chicago/My Kind Of Town (Chicago)

3. Baby Won't You Please Come Home

4. Wouldn't It Be Loverly

5. Yesterdays

6. I Would Do Anything For You

7. We're All Through

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Track List: Music For The Still Of The Night

1. Thinking Of You

2. Can't We Be Friends

3. Willow Weep For Me

4. When It's Sleepy Time Down South

5. I Wished On The Moon

6. Linger Awhile

7. Looking At You

8. I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You

9. Fly Me To The Moon

10. These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)

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Track List: The Canadian Sessions

Disc 1

1. Medley: My Funny Valentine/My Heart Stood Still/Be Careful It's My Heart

2. Have A Heart

3. Says My Heart

4. Nobody's Heart

5. Break My Heart

6. My Foolish Heart

7. Sweethearts On Parade

8. Blues In My Heart

9. This Heart Of Mine

10. Beware My Heart

11. Medley: Love Walked In/Embraceable You/The Man I Love

12. Love Is Sweeping The Country

13. Of Thee I Sing

14. For You For Me For Evermore

15. I've Got A Crush On You

16. Lady Be Good

17. Maybe

Disc 2

1. True Love

2. I've Got A Feeling I'm Falling

3. This Year's Kisses

4. The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise

5. The Very Thought Of You

6. After Awhile

7. What Is There To Say

8. My Funny Valentine

9. Medley: The Song Is Ended/When I Fall In Love

10. I Must Have That Man

11. If Dreams Come True

12. Medley: Trumpeter Blow Your Golden Horn/Do It Again

13. Isn't It A Pity

14. He Loves And She Loves

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Track List: Linger Awhile

1. Sweet Sue

2. Ghost Of A Chance

3. Wishing

4. I Cover The Waterfront

5. Keeping Out Of Mischeif Now

6. Linger Awhile (Early Version)

7. I'm In The Market For You

8. Romance In The Dark

9. When You Wish Upon A Star

10. I Can'T Get Started

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Track List: You Can Depend On Me

1. You Can Depend On Me

2. Little Old Lady

3. The Big Butter & Egg Man

4. Time On My Hands

5. The Man I Love

6. Just You Just Me

7. S'Posin

8. On The Alamo

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Track List: As Time Goes By...

1. Shoe Shine Boy (Live)

2. Lonely Moments (Live)

3. This Is All I Ask (Live)

4. Love Me Or Leave Me (Live)

5. Liza (Live)

6. As Long As I Live (Live)

7. Jeepers Creepers (Live)

8. My Shining Hour (Live)

9. Sugar (Live)

10. As Time Goes By (Live)

11. You're Sensational/I Love You,Samantha/True Love (Live)

12. Basin Street Blues (Live)

13. Linger A While (Live Version) (Live)

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Track List: Hear Me Talkin'

1. You've Changed

2. Hear Me Talkin' To Ya?

3. No One Else But You

4. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out/Buddy Bolden's Blues

5. Where's Freddie

6. Ruby Got Ryhthm

7. Foolin' Myself

8. When My Sugar Walks The Street

9. Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea

10. Smart Alex Blues

11. Hear Me Talkin' To Ya? (Take 2)

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Track List: Hustlin' And Bustlin'

1. Hustlin' And Bustlin'

2. There's A Small Hotel

3. What's The Reason (I'm Not Pleasing You!)

4. 's Wonderful

5. I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate

6. When It's Sleepy Time Down South

7. Flaky

8. Shoe Shine Boy

9. Fine And Mellow

10. Ad Lib Blues

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Wow ... talk about a deep clarity from a coronet? Really ? ? ?
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paulcampagno l i
Beauty does not require high notes. Cool stuff.
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p.greer22
I am playing Cool Jazz in my classroom for ambiance! My students are digging the sounds! ;)
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I first heard Braff when he fronted the Scott Hamilton quintet in NYC. You should put this album on your play list.
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ruby braff,died in 2003 and i know about him in 2015,where was i........... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ?
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At my age of 88, I remember the great music at Eddie Condon's in the village.
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poppa_bear49
Sometimes you just never know where you'll find that DIAMOND in the RUFF.
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This freaked me out This isn't fake. Apparently, if you copy and paste this on ten comments in the next ten minutes, you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out, if you break this chain you will see a little dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry
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despite good reviews and occasional recordings, work was hard for Braff to come by at times -- kinda breaks your heart -- I wish all those wonderful committed, real musicians out there the best
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febharps
Yes, that sums it up . Easily recognizable . Check out the great LP of Buck Clayton meets Ruby Braff. Freddy
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Great horn player. Kinda looks like Burgess Meredith
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Ruby Braff influenced my taste in jazz trumpet, and played lyrically. I loved him then and want to hear more of his music on Pandora now.
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david02360
A superb musician who gave immense pleasure to folks like me who heard him live in both Boston and Cape Cod
Dave Matthews
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Ruby Braff was an exceptional musician. His playing was always smooth and melodic and like the critic said, "instantly recognizable . "

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