For the Last Time

For the Last Time

by Ruby BraffRuby Braff


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Ruby Braff's discographer Thomas P. Hustad addresses the concern posed by this album in his liner notes when he speaks of the "trepidation" with which "we tend to approach any musician's final recording." Tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton, whose contribution approaches Braff's own, had his own hesitations, based on his unhappy memories of the gig, at the Nairn Jazz Festival in Scotland, as Braff, suffering from the emphysema that would kill him six months later, required a fan on-stage to help his breathing. But Hamilton withdrew his objections when he actually heard the recording, which shows little evidence of the leader's infirmity. It gives plenty of evidence of a group of sympathetic musicians accustomed to playing together, taking their orders from Braff, who seems to call for the solos and also decide when they're finished. Everybody in the six-piece band takes those solos, as the tunes extend out to ten or even 15 minutes each. Probably, that allows time for Braff to gather himself for his own playing, but when he steps in, he is his usual self, coming up with interesting variations on the melodies of familiar standards. The best moments, though, are when Braff and Hamilton, his longtime protégé, play together at the openings of such songs as "Dinah," "Yesterdays," and "The Man I Love," with Hamilton coming up with counter-melodies. At such times, this doesn't come off as Braff's last night on-stage; it seems like just another great show in a storied career.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/10/2009
Label: Arbors Records
UPC: 0780941136821
catalogNumber: 19368

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ruby Braff   Primary Artist,Cornet
John Bunch   Piano
Scott Hamilton   Tenor Saxophone
Dave Green   Bass
Steve Brown   Drums
Steve Brown   Drums
Jon Wheatley   Guitar

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Jack Jenney   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Jesse Greer   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
Raymond Klages   Composer
Bonnie Lake   Composer
Ballard MacDonald   Composer
Billy Moll   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Mat Domber   Producer,Audio Production
Rachel Domber   Producer,Audio Production
Harry Akst   Composer
Murray Mencher   Composer
Luke Melton   Cover Design
Allison Kerr   Liner Notes
Dave Bennett   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,Audio Production,Cover Photo
Ken Ramage   Audio Production
James Hanley   Composer

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