C'est Magnifique!

C'est Magnifique!

by Ruby Braff


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Ruby Braff's final studio recording sessions took place with musicians who played with the fire and inspiration required by the demanding cornetist, including familiar faces like guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli and drummer Jim Gwinn, though guitarist John Pizzarelli, bassist Martin Pizzarelli, and pianist Ray Kennedy had never before worked with him. Braff's battle with emphysema during the last few years of his life required him to use a wheelchair to get around airports to save his breath for performing, but he is still a powerful presence on this session, around two months before his illness progressed to the point that he could no longer perform. Like any Braff-led recording, these dates include a selection of tried and true standards that he had played many times throughout his career, all played in swinging fashion and a timeless manner. The opener, "Lulu's Back in Town," is notable as he plays in short bursts, keeping the solos moving through the group to keep all the musicians on their toes, a pattern that follows in most of the selections. Braff had a knack for reviving forgotten chestnuts like "My Honey's Loving Arms" and "You're a Lucky Guy." "C'est Magnifique" is not one of Cole Porter's best-known works, but Braff's sassy cornet and the campy vocal chorus (which includes a mix of recording session attendees, vocalist/pianist Daryl Sherman, jazz critic Dan Morgenstern, jazz author Ross Firestone, and producer Rachel Domber among them -- the last three likely making their recording debuts!) add to its appeal. John Pizzarelli's warm, friendly vocals are featured in both "They Can't Take That Away from Me" and "As Time Goes By," which brings up another Braff mandate: when the composer wrote an opening verse to set up a song, it shouldn't be omitted. This rewarding session closes the career of a marvelous cornetist who kept high standards throughout his career rather than bowing to the demands of record labels, casual jazz fans, or promoters; he is missed but will not be forgotten.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/09/2007
Label: Arbors Records
UPC: 0780941127027
catalogNumber: 19270
Rank: 89444

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ruby Braff   Primary Artist,Cornet
Bucky Pizzarelli   Guitar
Daryl Sherman   Vocals,Track Performer
Dan Morgenstern   Vocals
John Pizzarelli   Guitar,Vocals
Martin Pizzarelli   Bass,Bass Guitar
Jim Gwin   Drums
Rachel Domber   Vocals,Track Performer
Ross Firestone   Vocals,Track Performer
John Pizzarelli Trio   Track Performer
Gail Firestone   Vocals
Adam Morgenstern   Vocals
Lipsky   Vocals
Ray Kennedy   Piano

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Saul Chaplin   Composer
Dubin   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Harry Ruby   Composer
Herman Ruby   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Bernie Hanighen   Composer
Joseph Meyer   Composer
Mat Domber   Producer,Audio Production
Rachel Domber   Producer,Audio Production
Charles Newman   Composer
Bryan Shaw   Engineer
Luke Melton   Cover Design
Herman Hupfeld   Composer

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