Complete In a Mellow Mood & Soft Lights Sessions is ideal for romantic evenings, intimate dinners, and relaxed moonlight driving. Cornetist Bobby Hackett's elegant lounge/chamber jazz recordings of 1953, 1954, and 1955 were originally issued on two LPs titled In a Mellow Tone and Soft Lights and Bobby Hackett. The addition of strings and semi-classical orchestration (complete with sweeping harp arpeggios) makes this material a cousin to Charlie Parker's Bird with Strings sessions. While some may shy away from this kind of production, anyone who's not afraid of a lush, almost cinematic atmosphere and feels capable of unbiased relaxation should really try this on for size. The songs are well-chosen, the ensemble has class, and Hackett does a splendid job with each of these beautiful melodies.
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