Bobby Hackett

Complete Capitol Bobby Hackett Solo Sessions

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To jazz aficionados, trumpeter Bobby Hackett might be best known for a long history of projects that include his marvelous longtime relationship with trombonist Vic Dickenson, which led to a number of splendid small-group recordings. Hackett had many sides, not the least of which was his affinity for clear, lovely melodies, which he sang through his horn like a young robin chirping in the early morn. Simply put, the trumpeter had a knack for performing tunes from the American songbook with a deep clarity rarely, if ever, equaled. This gorgeous five-disc set collects all ten LPs made by Hackett for Capitol records between 1953 and 1959. These were the Eisenhower years in America, a time when a certain self-satisfaction endured, when conformity reigned, and everything seemed -- at least on the surface -- just right. Hackett's recordings for Capitol reflected the era perfectly. More in the style of easy listening than jazz, Hackett's luscious tone mesmerizes with its subtlety, its exquisite delicacy, and its fine sense of tonal center. Among the sidemen on these discs are Lou Stein, Dick Carey (who performs splendidly on Eb horn), Milt Hinton, Dave McKenna, Cutty Cutshall, and Bob Wilbur. Considering the talent represented, there is little in the way of first-rate jazz improvisation. In its place, though, are some of the most beautiful sounds you are likely to hear on disc, the wondrous tones of a premier stylist whose plush, rich, creamy voice speaks to the heavens with every note.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:05
2 2:46
3 2:25
4 2:24
5 2:45
6 2:52
7 2:12
8 3:01
9 2:32
10 2:41
11 3:25
12 2:32
13 3:21
14 2:50
15 3:06
16 3:00
17 2:38
18 3:31
19 2:10
20 3:47
21 2:14
22 2:53
23 3:05
24 3:11
25 2:55
26
3:06
27
2:32

Track Listing - Disc 2

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:02
2 2:36
3 2:34
4 2:56
5
3:06
6 3:05
7
2:33
8 2:32
9 2:30
10
3:12
11
3:04
12 2:24
13 2:48
14 2:51
15 3:17
16
2:37
17 2:52
18
2:57
19
2:23
20 3:21
21 2:52
22 2:38
23
3:16
24 2:33
25 3:44

Track Listing - Disc 4

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:39
2 2:01
3
3:07
4 2:36
5 2:53
6 2:10
7
2:47
8 2:25
9 2:53
10
2:09
11
2:10
12 2:18
13 3:09
14 3:19
15
2:35
16
3:05
17 3:05
18
2:37
19 3:19
20 2:52
21 4:23
22
2:59
23 3:22
24
2:51
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