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Ruby Braff: For the Last Time with Scott Hamilton - Ruby's Final Performance

Ruby Braff: For the Last Time with Scott Hamilton - Ruby's Final Performance

Arbors Records

ARCD: 19368

Regular price $10.00 Sale

Musicians: Ruby Braff-cornet, Scott Hamilton-tenor saxophone, Jon Wheatley-guitar, John Bunch-piano, Dave Green-bass, Steve Brown-drums

This recording brings you Ruby Braff's final performance, a wonderful concert at the Nairn Jazz Festival on August 7, 2002. You can hear every note (except for the incompletely recorded final tune) and experience the joy of sitting in a front row seat. This recording lets you hear Ruby performing at the top of his game, joined with wonderful musicians who allow him to reach the heights he always strived to attain. ...Ruby wanted to be remembered for his music. Performance was his passion. It is fitting that this final recording proves that he never reduced his standards and always gave his all to pleasing his audiences. A number of writers labeled him a traditional jazz musician. They were wrong, and those words would have brought a testy response from Ruby. He was a consummate artist who loved to play nice tunes and create beauty for those who listened. He would argue that taste and good music should not be restricted by the word "traditional." Don't you agree?— Thomas P. Hustad, Professor of Marketing in the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He is the author of forthcoming book about Ruby Braff to be published by Scarecrow Press titled Born to Play: The Ruby Braff Discography and Directory of Performances
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