Braff - Featuring Coleman Hawkins
Ruby Braff, Coleman Hawkins, Lawrence Brown, Ernie Caceres, Don Elliott, Nat Pierce, Freddie Green, Dave McKenna, Steve Jordan
This release offers one of the best LPs recorded by this great mainstream jazz trumpeter and cornetist Ruby Braff in the beginning of his fertile musical career, featuring Coleman Hawkins, Lawrence Brown, Ernie Caceres, Don Elliott, Nat Pierce, Freddie Green, Dave McKenna, Steve Jordan, and others.
On these dates Braff exhibits commendable controlled power, even at moments of climax. Whatever the mood, in this kind of basically mainstream company his playing maintained an impressive sense of logicality and lyricism, as such as more than ample Proof of his innate ability to swing.
As bonus tracks, the CD concludes with the four tracks originally issued in one Extended Play record published under the name of the Ruby Braff All-Stars.
01. Star dust
02. Here's Freddie
03. Indian Summer
04. Blue turning grey over you
05. Just one more chance
06. When my dreamboat comes home
07. You're lucky to me
09. It's been so long
10. Too marvelous for words
11. How long has thing been going on
12. 'S Wonderful
13. As long I live (bonus track)
14. If I had you (bonus track)
15. I'm shooting high (bonus track)
16. Moonglow (alt. take)
Total time: 52:59 min.
Contains the complete 1956 Epic album "Braff!" along with a complete Phillips EP with titles of the same album session.