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  • Audio CD (May 1, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Music Masters Jazz
  • ASIN: B000000FM0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #556,585 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Jubilee
2. You're Lucky To Me
3. The Man I Love/How Long Has This Been Going On/He Loves And She Loves
4. I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby, And My Baby's Crazy 'Bout Me
5. Some Day You'll Be Sorry
6. Don't Worry About Me
7. Jeepers Creepers
8. I'm Just Wild About Harry
9. The Man That Got Away/If I Only Had A Brain/Somewhere Over The Rainbow
10. Blues For John W.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Farrar Hudkins on October 8, 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This was one of the first digital LPs I ever had, and the CD also sounds good, so if you can find it in either format, grab it.

Dick Hyman and Ruby Braff had been playing together for something like ten or twelve years by the time this recording was made. The first time I heard them together was on the 1974 "Satchmo Remembered" tribute to Louis Armstrong live at Carnegie Hall (available from Atlantic, LP only), and I was completely floored by Ruby's command of his instrument: from whispering to shouting, from top to bottom, his tone is outstanding, even in a live setting.

Ruby was never quite the celebrity he perhaps should have been, since he devoted himself to playing "mainstream" (before the term was coined) jazz during the 1960s and 1970s. His choice of cornet instead of trumpet lent him the darker, old-fashioned sound; he never screamed in the high register, nor did any parlour tricks to impress other musicians; he concentrated on playing good music, and only tunes he liked, since they were the only ones he could devote emotion to.

Dick Hyman, who is still with us, can play like anybody, from Scott Joplin to Cecil Taylor (as demonstrated back in 1977[?] with his "Theme and Variations on A 'Child is Born'"), but here he plays like himself, both accompanying Ruby and complementing him, and Dick's solo performance of "I'm Just Wild About Harry" is true to form, showing off Dick in all his quirky, ebullient glory.

Together, they work magic. Their formidable talents combine with the energy of the small, intimate audience gathered for the radio show (which is why this album is about 60 minutes long) for a concert as warm and inviting as a cup of hot cocoa, a quilt, and a fireplace.

And then they make music -- and such music! -- to make you laugh, dance, and cry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hal on January 18, 2011
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Well, the performances are great, but there's something seriously wrong with the sound. At first I assumed it was one of those early CDs with pre-emphasis, a process that raises the treble to ungodly levels that are corrected with a CD player (but most CD players today don't detect or correct it, because it was so rare and fell out of fashion).

But this CD was remastered in 2003, and the high frequencies still sound like nails on a chalkboard. Either the recording was lousy (unlikely) or somebody botched the remastering job (not unlikely). Unfortunate.
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