Ruby Braff

Adoration of the Melody

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Back in the mid-'50s when Adoration of the Melody was made, Ruby Braff had a unique sound of great distinction and character. It was thick and fat, and Braff could fine tune its vibrato with a master's touch. He could taper his notes, hold them on perfect pitch, then drift into a warm, broad vibrato that swung with as much grace and relaxation as his best phrases. The album's best blends were on "Lucky Guy," "Easy Living," "I'll Be Around," "It's Easy" and above all "When You're Smilin'," which contained an exquisite ensemble orchestration of Lester Young's classic "triplet" solo of 1937.

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