Ruby Braff

Fats Waller's Heavenly Jive

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This is an unusual duet set featuring cornetist Ruby Braff and Dick Hyman, on organ. Together they perform a dozen songs that were recorded decades earlier by Fats Waller. In general they avoid the usual hits and instead dug up and revived such obscurities as "Soothin' Syrup Stomp," "I'm Gonna See My Ma," "Willow Tree" and "Persian Rag." Although certainly for an acquired taste, this Chiaroscuro LP (which has not yet been reissued on CD) has plenty of exquisite and highly expressive music by two of the finest.