We're All Through – Ruby Braff
A sultry medium swing with a lyric that describes the end of a relationship, or a gig.
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- Recording: Ruby Braff - I Hear Music
- Recorded on: July 28, 2000
- Label: Arbors Jazz (ARCD 19244)
- Concert Key: B-flat
- Vocal Range: Mezzo Soprano, B-flat3 to B-flat4
- Style: Swing (slow)
- Vocal - Daryl Sherman
- Cornet - Ruby Braff
- Guitar - Bucky Pizzarelli
- Piano - Bill Charlap
- Bass - John Beal
- Drums - Tony DeNicola
A simple melody that lends itself well to vocal interpretation, We're All Through has the nostalgic air of a standard. As written, the form is straightforward: a statement of the initial theme (A1), then a slight twist on it with a turnaround at the end (A2). On the recording, the form takes some unexpected turns, briefly moving into the key of F in the middle of the traded solos clip between pianist Bill Charlap and Ruby Braff. On the out melody, vocalist Daryl Sherman takes a more interpretive spin on the melody, highlighting the flexibility of this composition.
Singers' Corner The vocal lead sheet is in the key of B♭, the key that Daryl Sherman uses.
Lyric Description: Ruby Braff's original lyric reflects on the last moments of a relationship—or perhaps even just a pleasant evening. The singer expresses fondness for the time spent together, but there simply is no more time left. The ambiguous subject of the song makes it a good choice for a singer looking for a goodbye song to end a set, as the lyrics could be interpreted as a kind, but firm, farewell to the audience.
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March 16, 1927 – February 9, 2003
An expressive swing cornetist, trumpeter and composer, Ruby Braff had a distinctive and recognizable sound. At a time when many horn players turned to bebop, hard bop, and modern jazz, Ruby took after earlier jazz trumpeters such as Louis Armstrong and Bix Beiderbecke. Born in Boston, he began working in local clubs in the early 1940s. He played with clarinetists Edmond Hall and Pee Wee Russell in the late 1940s and early 1950s and moved to New York in 1953. In the mid-1950s, he worked with Benny Goodman. Read more...