Ruby Braff

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This LP has two separate sessions featuring trumpeter Ruby Braff. Braff's encounter with fellow trumpeter Roy Eldridge in a sextet has been reissued on CD but is actually a slight disappointment with surprisingly few fireworks between the potentially combative players. The other session (which has not been reissued) is better, an all-star octet with Braff, trumpeter Emmett Berry, trombonist Vic Dickenson, clarinetist Bob Wilber (doubling on tenor) and a four-piece rhythm section. Throughout Braff is quite passionate in his playing; highlights include "When My Sugar Walks Down the Street," "Give My Regards to Broadway" and "Little Man, You've Had a Busy Day."

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