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Ruby Braff: The Cape Codfather

Pound for pound, Ruby Braff is the best cornetist on this planet. His ability to swing unabashedly in his chosen idiom (somewhere between traditional and straightahead) lends a feel-good flavor to this collection of mostly neglected gems. Braff’s technical command allows him to execute any idea he conceives. And his frequent interpolations add an element of humor: You can almost hear him think, “I’m gonna make this phrase fit whether or not the changes justify the attempt.”

The wit is infectious and often extends to the rest of the septet: Kenny Davern, clarinet; Tommy Newsom, tenor, Howard Alden, guitar; John Bunch, piano; Michael Moore, bass; and Kenny Washington, drums.

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