Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Cornet and Piano duos: Ruby Braff & Ralph Sutton

During 1979-1981, the great stride pianist Ralph Sutton recorded an extensive series of albums for the tiny Chaz label. Included in the releases were a quartet set with cornetist Ruby Braff, bassist Jack Lesberg, and drummer Gus Johnson, and a duet project with Braff. All of the Sutton dates were elusive and out of print for years, until Chiaroscuro began reissuing some of these valuable sets. Braff and Sutton both had the knack of hinting at earlier greats while still sounding very much like themselves. In fact, those who are familiar with the cornetist will have no trouble identifying him within a few notes. Among the songs that are happily swung are such gems as "Shoe Shine Boy," "You Can Depend on Me," "Sunday," "I Would Do Anything for You". While never wandering too far from the melodies, the two lead voices consistently come up with plenty of fresh ideas and always show their enthusiasm and affection for the vintage music. Easily recommended to fans of small-group swing and trad.
-Scott Yanow

01. Big Butter and Egg Man
02. Royal Garden Blues

03. I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby

04. Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do

05. Sunday

06. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

07. Get Out and Get Under the Moon

08. (I Would Do) Anything for You

09. I Ain't Got Nobody

10. Shoe Shine Boy

11. I Believe In Miracles

12. I've Found A New Baby

13. Shine
(Quartet, vol. 3)
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  1. thank you very much, Jay Bee

  2. Dear friend I like this type of music but I am a total newbie. Your blog has overwhelmed me. I will use it to explore this field further.What should be the starting point?

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  3. I have added you on my blogroll. Thanks

  4. Thank you, Dhiraj.
    Any starting point? Well, I would say the obvious one: Louis' Hot Fives and Sevens! And Bix! Then you could try some colective anthology (Robert Parker's "Great Original Performances" series, i.e.) to discover "new" names you may like too...

  5. Ruby Braff & Ralph Sutton - R & R
    1 Shoe Shine Boy
    2 What Is There To Say
    3 Tain't So, Honey Tain't So
    4 Sweethearts On Parade
    5 I Ain't Got Nobody
    6 You Can Depend On Me
    7 Sunday
    8 Big Butter And Egg Man
    9 I Wished On The Moon
    10 I'm Crazy About My Baby (And My Baby's Crazy 'Bout Me)
    11 Little Rock Getaway
    12 Anything For You (I Would Do)
    13 Get Out And Get Under The Moon
    14 Think Well Of Me
    15 Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
    16 Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do
    17 Royal Garden Blues
    18 Deep Summer Music
    19 Dinah

    Not the album you posted above.

    1. Obviosly, I did my own favorites selection here (like always!).