Personnel: Ruby Braff (trumpet, cornet); Jim Hall (guitar); Al Cohn (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Hank Jones (piano); George Duvivier, Bob Haggart (bass instrument); Buzzy Drootin (drums).
Liner Note Author: George Avakian.
The Gershwin score for the 1930 play GIRL CRAZY was filled with noteworthy songs. In 1958, trumpeter Ruby Braff and an all-star sextet (also including Al Cohn on tenor, pianist Hank Jones, guitarist Jim Hall, drummer Buzzy Drootin, and either George Duvivier or Bob Haggart on bass) performed eight numbers for this LP. Four of the eight selections (all of which have excellent chord changes for jazz improvising) are obscurities, but the others include "Embraceable You," "But Not for Me," "I Got Rhythm," and "Bidin' My Time." This is a high-quality mainstream date with fine solos all around, particularly by the passionate Braff.