Complete Original Quartet Quintet Sessions
Ruby Braff (tp), Dave McKenna (p), Sam Herman (g), Al Lucas (b), Buzzy Drootin (d), Steve Jordan (g), Roy Eldridge (tp), Mundell Lowe (g), Hank Jones (p), Leonard Gaskin (b), Don Lamond (d).
Includes the complete album "Ruby Braff featuring Dave McKenna" (ABC-Paramount 1956, tracks #1-11).
+ All the tracks featuring Dave McKenna from "Braff!" (Epic 1956, tracks #12-18) ( - AMG).
+ 1 track with the Benny Goodman Septet (track #19).
+ 1 track that originally appeared on "Easy Now" (RCA-Victor 1958, track #20) (see notes for Ruby Braff with Hank Jones above).
Ruby Braff and Dave McKennas two initial sessions together were as sidemen for other musicians - including a 1955 date with the Benny Goodman Septet. These dates were followed by the two incredible sessions included here. After that, the only known recordings of the Braff-McKenna partnership are a 1961 live recording at Eddie Condons with Bobby Hackett and Peanuts Hucko, and two 1991-93 double albums with a band including tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton. The sessions featured on this edition are, thus, their only true small group (quartet/quintet) recordings they made at the peak of their careers, in which both musicians can be considered session leaders.
1. Dancing In The Dark
2. Blue Prelude
3. Why Was I Born?
4. Blue (And Broken-hearted)
5. If I Could Be With You
6. Im Crazy About My Baby
8. Its Wonderful
9. Almost Like Being In Love
10. Lover Come Back To Me
11. I Must Have That Man
12. As Long As I Live
13. Blue, Turning Gray Over You
14. If I Had You
15. Its Been So Long
16. Im Shooting High
18. How Long Has This Been Going On?
19. Soft Lights And Sweet Music*
20. The Song Is Ended But The Melody Lingers On*. (
*Bonus Tracks) Ruby Braff, (tp), Dave McKenna (p) on all tracks (except track 20), with:
#1-11 "Ruby Braff featuring Dave McKenna": Sam Herman (g), Al Lucas (b), Buzzy Drootin (d). New York, July 18, 1956.
#12-18 originally appeared on "Braff!": Steve Jordan (g), Buzzy Drootin (d). New York, June 26, 1956.
#19 Benny Goodman Septet: New York, September 8, 1955.
#20 originally appeared on "Easy Now": Ruby Braff & Roy Eldridge (tp), Mundell Lowe (g), Hank Jones (p), Leonard Gaskin (b), Don Lamond (d). New York, August 19, 1958.
Total Time: 63: 26 mins.