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Scott Robinson February 12, 03
Another giant gone. I would just like to add that Ruby was not exclusively "abrasive and insulting". He could be mordacious and difficult but he also had his gentle side and gave a lot of encouragement to younger players that he liked. He would write kind letters and call on the phone, playing piano and talking about tunes, books, ideas, sound. He loved not only Armstrong and Bix but Miles Davis and a lot of other music. More open-minded than many half his age or less. Ruby had a great love of beauty, and he left us plenty of that to treasure.
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