IT’S ALL SO NICE: BENNY CARTER, GEORGE BARNES, RUBY BRAFF, MICHAEL MOORE, VINNIE CORRAO, RAY MOSCA (July 25, 1975)

George Barnes, guitar wizard

Not much explanation needed for what follows: a half-hour of divine live jazz performance recorded at the 1975 Grande Parade du Jazz in Nice, France, featuring Benny Carter, alto saxophone; George Barnes, electric guitar; Ruby Braff, cornet; Michael Moore, string bass; Vinnie Corrao, rhythm guitar; Ray Mosca, drums — improvising on three jazz evergreens: JUST YOU, JUST ME; MEAN TO ME; TAKE THE “A” TRAIN:

And if you wonder why I didn’t preface this post with photographs of Benny Carter or Ruby Braff, both of whom I admire greatly, it’s because the world is full of guitar players, and I hope more of them wake up to George Barnes and start studying his works.  He deserves such reverent attention.  Also,  his characteristic pose reminds me of seeing him at close range in New York City, where he always surprised and delighted.  Always himself, always brilliantly recognizable in two notes.  All right, one note.

To learn more, visit George Barnes, Guitar Legend on Facebook and the George Barnes Legacy Collection in the larger cyber-world, splendid informative sites created and maintained by Alexandra Barnes Leh, the loving curator of all things Barnes and daughter of George and Evelyn.

There are a few more video performances by this sacred assemblage, and I might be able to unearth them for you. . . .if, of course, there’s interest.  Are you out there?

May your happiness increase!

11 responses to “IT’S ALL SO NICE: BENNY CARTER, GEORGE BARNES, RUBY BRAFF, MICHAEL MOORE, VINNIE CORRAO, RAY MOSCA (July 25, 1975)

  1. Yes, at least in this corner of Prague. Please post everything you can find by Carter / Barnes / Braff!

  2. We like gracious enthusiasm over here!

  3. Yes please. More Braff-Barnes & Carter is always welcome. Back in the ’70s I got to hang out with Ruby, George & Tony Bennett when they played 2 nights St. Paul. Up in George’s hotel room Ruby asked him to show me his brick. George reached into his suitcase & pulled out a masonry brick. Onstage he would rest his left foot on it while playing as it was very comfortable for him to do so.

  4. George and Ruby are incomparable. Goose bumps…to say nothing of goose pimples.

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  5. David O'Connor

    We are out here and …waiting. Bring ’em on!

  6. Ida Melrose Shoufler

    Some things change,,Not good jazz or musicians like this, I really enjoyed listening to giants of the jazz world, From articles I have received I think my dad played with George Barnes when Barnes was just a youngster, I’m out here dear Michael,

  7. claiborne ray

    One of the many ways you could make Ruby Braff (or as I always thought of him, Rumpelstiltskin) furious at you forever was by dying before he was finished playing with you. I heard him express his opinion of George Barnes on this subject several times.

  8. Ah, Ruby, and his delicate elfin homicidal touch.

  9. Love this video from 1975 with Barnes, Braff and Carter and company. And Vinnie Carrao is new to me but he’s a great rhythm player. And yes, please dig us up some more Barnes videos. Absolutely love his approach to the instrument.

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