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Ruby Braff and Dick Hyman: Play Nice Tunes

Since the 1950s, when he began working with many of the established mainstream musicians in and around Boston and New York, Ruby Braff has remained a sometimes constant, sometimes shadowy figure on the jazz scene. His roots in Armstrong and Berigan served him well in his chosen company, but his rejection of bop made him seem an anachronism, an outsider, to most musicians and fans his age. This never seemed to bother him, though, for despite the intervening years he has remained true to his lifelong stylistic preferences by making music with younger men, like Scott Hamilton and Howard Alden, who themselves favor the more traditional approach. Although he has played in all manner of combos over the years, one of his favorite settings is the coronet/piano duo, a private chat-room he has shared many times with, notably, Ellis Larkin, Ralph Sutton, Roger Kellaway and Dick Hyman, his partner on this date.

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