Bobby Hackett

Hawaii Swings

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Because he had a very accessible tone on cornet, Hackett was in demand during the 1950s and '60s for mood music albums in addition to jazz dates. This LP was one of his oddest, for he is heard playing a dozen Hawaiian melodies in a band that includes steel guitar, ukulele, guitar and bongos in addition to a standard rhythm section. Fortunately the majority of the selections are taken uptempo and Hackett has plenty of solo space to romp over the unusual backing, making this a novelty date well worth picking up. It is doubtful that it will be reissued on CD anytime in the next decade.