Ruby Braff Remembers Louis Armstrong: Being With You

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Although billed as a tribute to Louis Armstrong, this 1996 recording by the great cornetist Ruby Braff is not all it seems to be. Several of the swing standards such as "I Never Knew," "Little One" which Braff sings" and "Royal Garden Blues" do not have much to do with Armstrong; there are no attempts to pay direct homage to any of his recordings, and the arrangements by Braff and trombonist Dan Barrett look more toward Count Basie and Lester Young than to Satch. In addition, there is no explanation of the "Being With You" subtitle, nor any song with that name. The lineup of musicians is impressive: cornetist Jon-Erik Kellso, Barrett, Scott Robinson on baritone and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Although billed as a tribute to Louis Armstrong, this 1996 recording by the great cornetist Ruby Braff is not all it seems to be. Several of the swing standards such as "I Never Knew," "Little One" which Braff sings" and "Royal Garden Blues" do not have much to do with Armstrong; there are no attempts to pay direct homage to any of his recordings, and the arrangements by Braff and trombonist Dan Barrett look more toward Count Basie and Lester Young than to Satch. In addition, there is no explanation of the "Being With You" subtitle, nor any song with that name. The lineup of musicians is impressive: cornetist Jon-Erik Kellso, Barrett, Scott Robinson on baritone and clarinet, veteran tenorman Jerry Jerome, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, pianist Johnny Varro, bassist Bob Haggart and drummer Jim Gwin; the sidemen get almost as much solo space as the leader. Braff plays well, and the overall results are pleasing but not quite up to the level of the cornetist's more significant dates.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/1997
  • Label: Arbors Records
  • UPC: 780941116328
  • Catalog Number: 19163
  • Sales rank: 286,716

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ruby Braff Primary Artist, Trumpet, Cornet, Vocals
Dan Barrett Trombone
Bucky Pizzarelli Guitar
Bob Haggart Bass
Joe Wilder Flugelhorn
Scott Robinson Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Jerry Jerome Tenor Saxophone
Jon-Erik Kellso Cornet
Jim Gwin Drums
Johnny Varro Piano
Technical Credits
Dan Barrett Arranger
Ruby Braff Arranger
Harvey Goldberg Engineer
Adam Blackburn Engineer
Rachel Domber Producer
Bryan Lee Shaw Remixing, Mastering
Martin Gayford Liner Notes
Matthew Domber Producer
Fiorito Composer
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