Album Details

Black Lion
Jazz, New Orleans Jazz, Jazz Instrument, Mainstream Jazz, New Orleans Jazz Revival, Trumpet Jazz

Album Review

Trumpeter Ruby Braff puts so much passion into each note he plays that, even when performing familiar Dixieland and swing tunes, he is able to immediately uplift the material. On this CD reissue of a Black Lion LP, Braff is heard with three different groups. The bulk of the date features him in a quintet with tenor saxophonist Sam Margolis, pianist Ken Kersey, bassist Milt Hinton, and drummer Bobby Donaldson; highlights include "Hustlin' and Bustlin' for Baby," "There's a Small Hotel," and "Shoe Shine Boy." In addition there are three numbers recorded live at Storyville with an all-star sextet that includes trombonist Vic Dickenson and clarinetist Edmond Hall and one number ("When It's Sleepy Time Down South") with an octet. This set offers listeners a good example of Ruby Braff's playing in his early days.
Scott Yanow, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Hustlin' and Buslin'
  2. There's a Small Hotel
  3. What's the Reason (I'm Not Pleasing You ?)
  4. 'S Wonderful
  5. I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate
  6. When It's Sleepy Time Down South
  7. Flaky
  8. Shoe Shine Boy
  9. Fine and Mellow
  10. Ad Lib Blues
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