Variety Is the Spice of Braff

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Trumpeter/cornet player Ruby Braff began performing traditional jazz in the Boston area in the 1940s and over 50 years later shows no signs of slowing down. In 2001 he released the lovely I Hear Music and in 2002 followed it with the eclectic Variety Is the Spice of Braff. While the earlier effort featured a first-rate quintet, the latter is made up of larger groups in multiple settings. The overall approach, however, is similar: great musicians, classic tunes, and nicely prepared arrangements. The set begins with a trio of standards, "There's a Small Hotel," "Happiness Is Just a Thing Called Joe," and "Moments Like This," with bright arrangements by Tommy Newsom. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Trumpeter/cornet player Ruby Braff began performing traditional jazz in the Boston area in the 1940s and over 50 years later shows no signs of slowing down. In 2001 he released the lovely I Hear Music and in 2002 followed it with the eclectic Variety Is the Spice of Braff. While the earlier effort featured a first-rate quintet, the latter is made up of larger groups in multiple settings. The overall approach, however, is similar: great musicians, classic tunes, and nicely prepared arrangements. The set begins with a trio of standards, "There's a Small Hotel," "Happiness Is Just a Thing Called Joe," and "Moments Like This," with bright arrangements by Tommy Newsom. Newsom also plays tenor sax on the album, while Braff alumni Bucky Pizzarelli handles most of the guitar work. What continues to make standards like "Crazy Rhythm" and "I Ain't Got Nobody" so lively is the amount of feeling Braff and his fellow players inject into the music. The last two cuts, "Somebody Stole My Gale" and "Memories of You/It Must Be True," feature both Pizzarelli and Howard Alden, making these pieces a real treat for guitar lovers. Variety Is the Spice of Braff is a finely crafted album, sure to please anyone who appreciates good jazz.
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The songs are great, the musicians superb.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/3/2002
  • Label: Arbors Records
  • UPC: 780941119428
  • Catalog Number: 19194
  • Sales rank: 323,813

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ruby Braff Primary Artist, Cornet, Soloist
Howard Alden Guitar, Soloist
Kenny Davern Clarinet, Soloist
Bucky Pizzarelli Guitar, Soloist
George Masso Trombone, Soloist
Joe Wilder Trumpet, Soloist
Sherrie Maricle Drums
Scott Robinson Baritone Saxophone, Soloist
Skitch Henderson Piano
Tommy Newsom Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Joe Ascione Drums
John Beal Bass, Bowed Bass
Bill Charlap Piano, Soloist
Robert Chausow Violin
Jon-Erik Kellso Soloist
Carol Pool Violin
Jack Stuckey Alto Saxophone, Soloist
Cenovia Cummins Violin
Chuck Wilson Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soloist
Adrian Benjamin Viola
Sarah Hewitt Cello
Randy Reinhart Cornet, Soloist
Technical Credits
Ruby Braff Arranger
Tommy Newsom Arranger, String Conductor
Jim Czak Engineer
Jon-Erik Kellso Contributor
Dan Morgenstern Liner Notes
Brian Shaw Mastering
Mat Domber Producer
Rachel Domber Producer
Luke Melton Cover Design
Rachel & Mat Domber Producer
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