Thanks to Bob Erwig for posting this clip of the Ruby Braff-George Barnes Quartet, perhaps in Berlin in 1974.  The other heroes here are the Wayne Wright and Michael Moore — singing their way through Ellington’s “Solitude” as if it were a hymn and they were divinely inspired.  I remember seeing this quartet accomplish artistic miracles in Bryant Park, outside the New York Public Library on 42nd Street.  To say their performance was unforgettable is simple accuracy.


  1. Bill Gallagher


  2. Further “Wow” – & I think only Michael Moore could have pulled that off so perfectly. The quintessential chamber music player…And every thing good I’ve said about Ruby holds just fine here…sp

  3. Moore could sound like a cello with that group — that’s one of the reasons I was so thrilled to re-find “Solitude,” where his sonority is astounding.

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