Ruby Braff with Dave McKenna

Complete Original Quartet Quintet Sessions


Ruby Braff, Roy Eldridge (tp), Dave McKenna, Hank Jones (p), Sam Herman, Steve Jordan, Mundell Lowe (g), Al Lucas, Leonard Gaskin (b), Don Lamond, Buzzy Drootin (d)

Reference: 69261

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
07. Louisiana
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
17. Stardust
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


$16.70  (tax incl.)

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