Bar code: 8028692613
Includes the complete album:
"Ruby Braff featuring Dave McKenna" (ABC-Paramount 1956, #1-11)
+ All the tracks featuring Dave McKenna from "Braff!" (Epic 1956, #12-18)
+ 1 track with the Benny Goodman Septet (#19)
+ 1 track originally released on "Easy Now" (RCA Victor 1958, #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.
01. Dancing In The Dark
02. Blue Prelude
03. Why Was I Born?
04. Blue (And Broken-hearted)
05. If I Could Be With You
06. Im Crazy About My Baby
08. Its Wonderful
09. 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 *
Total time: 63: 26 min.
(*) Bonus tracks
Ruby Braff, (trumpet), Dave McKenna (piano) on all tracks (except on #20)
Tracks #1-11, "Ruby Braff featuring Dave McKenna"
Sam Herman (g), Al Lucas (b), Buzzy Drootin (d).
Recorded in New York City, July 18, 1956
Tracks #12-18, originally appeared on "Braff!":
Steve Jordan (g), Buzzy Drootin (d).
Recorded in New York City, June 26, 1956
Track #19, Benny Goodman Septet
Recorded in New York City, September 8, 1955
Track #20, originally appeared on "Easy Now":
Ruby Braff & Roy Eldridge (tp), Mundell Lowe (g), Hank Jones (p), Leonard Gaskin (b), Don Lamond (d).
Recorded in New York City, August 19, 1958
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