Variety Is the Spice of Braff

Variety Is the Spice of Braff

by Ruby Braff



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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/03/2002
Label: Arbors Records
UPC: 0780941119428
catalogNumber: 19194

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
Mat Domber   Producer
Rachel Domber   Producer
Luke Melton   Cover Design
Rachel & Mat Domber   Producer

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