Personnel: Ruby Braff (vocals, cornet); Jerry Jerome (tenor saxophone); Scott Robinson (baritone saxophone, clarinet); Jon-Erik Kellso (cornet); Joe Wilder (flugelhorn); Dan Barrett (trombone); Johnny Varro (piano); Bucky Pizzarelli (guitar); Bob Haggart (bass); Jim Gwin (drums).
Recorded at Sound On Sound Studios, New York, New York on April 15 & 16, 1996. Includes liner notes by Ruby Braff and Martin Gayford.
Personnel: Ruby Braff (vocals, trumpet, cornet); Bucky Pizzarelli (guitar); Scott Robinson (clarinet, baritone saxophone); Jerry Jerome (tenor saxophone); Jon-Erik Kellso (cornet); Joe Wilder (flugelhorn); Dan Barrett (trombone); Johnny Varro (piano); Jim Gwin (drums).
Audio Remixer: Bryan Lee Shaw.
Liner Note Author: Martin Gayford.
Recording information: Sound on Sound Studios, New York, NY (04/15/1996/04/16/1996).
Photographers: Jack Bradley; Joe Wilder; Louis Armstrong.
Arrangers: Dan Barrett ; Ruby Braff .
Although billed as a tribute to Louis Armstrong, this 1996 recording by the great cornetist Ruby Braff is not all it seems to be. Several of the swing standards (such as "I Never Knew," "Little One" which Braff sings" and "Royal Garden Blues") do not have much to do with Armstrong; there are no attempts to pay direct homage to any of his recordings, and the arrangements (by Braff and trombonist Dan Barrett) look more toward Count Basie and Lester Young than to Satch. In addition, there is no explanation of the "Being With You" subtitle, nor any song with that name. The lineup of musicians is impressive: cornetist Jon-Erik Kellso, Barrett, Scott Robinson on baritone and clarinet, veteran tenorman Jerry Jerome, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, pianist Johnny Varro, bassist Bob Haggart and drummer Jim Gwin; the sidemen get almost as much solo space as the leader. Braff plays well, and the overall results are pleasing but not quite up to the level of the cornetist's more significant dates. ~ Scott Yanow