|Tags:||jazz trumpet cool jazz|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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Reuben Braff, 16 March 1927, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, d. 9 February 2003, North Chatham, Massachusetts, USA. Although Braff did not make a notable impact on the jazz scene until the mid-50s, he was already an accomplished and experienced cornet player. He had worked extensively in the Boston area from the late 40s, playing with Pee Wee Russell and Edmond Hall, recording with the latter in 1949. It was, however, Braffs 1953 recordings with Vic Dickenson that drew the attention of jazz fans. Between the boppers and the revival movement lay the mainstream jazzmen of which Braff was a singularly attractive example. His lyrical and expressive style, shot through with bursts of white-hot excitement, lent itself especially well to ballads, and during the rest of the 50s, he made several excellent records in distinguished company such as Buck Clayton, Mel Powell, Bud Freeman and Benny Goodman.
Despite this period of remarkable creativity,...