1957 marked the 15th anniversary of the death of the remarkable trumpeter and bandleader Bunny Berigan. To pay homage to Bunny, RCA Victor (Berigan's label for most of his recorded output) decided to bring Ruby Braff and seven mainstream veterans and newcomers to the studio and perform nine tunes associated with Berigan including I Can't Get Started, Marie and Downhearted Blues.. He is joined by Pee Wee Russell, Dick Hafer, Benny Morton, Nat Pierce, Steve Jordan, Walter Page (one of his last recordings) and Buzzy Drootin. The band swings from first note to last and stretches out soulfully on each tune (six of which are over six minutes). Did I Remember?, a bonus track originally issued only on a compilation, completes the sessions. Personnel
RUBY BRAFF, trumpet;
BENNY MMORTON, trombone
PEE WEE RUSSELL, clarinet
DICK HAFER, tenor sax
NAT PIERCE, piano
STEVE JORDAN, guitar
WALTER PAGE, bass
Recorded at RCA Studio 3, New York City on March 26 (tracks 1, 3 & 4), April 3 (tracks 2, 5 & 7) and April 12 (tracks 6, 8, & 9), 1957.
Tracks 1-8 originally issued as RCA Victor LPM 1510.
Track 9 originally issued on BREAD, BUTTER AND JAM IN HI-FI (RCA Victor LPM 1644).
01. Keep Smiling At Trouble
02. I Can't Get Started
03. It's Been So Long
04. I'm Coming Virginia
06. Downhearted Blues
07. I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good
08. Somebody Else Is Taking My Place
09. Did I Remember? *)
* bonus track, not part of original album