Bobby Hackett

Tin Roof Blues

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Although Bobby Hackett is headlined as the feature player on this LP, in fact it is pianist Dave McKenna who gets the lion's share of playing time. Released shortly after his death in 1976, Hackett appears just on five of the nine cuts, something you don't discover until you play through the entire album. Although Dave McKenna is an outstanding piano player, those expecting a full session of Hackett may be disappointed. It seems as if the Hackett material is tracks left over from earlier albums he made for Honey Dew, a division of Galaxy records. During the 1970s when the tracks were cut, Hackett had moved to and was playing in and around the Cape Cod area. His sojourn there was interrupted from time to time for trips to Japan and Europe, appearances at Disney World, and gigs at New York jazz spots such as Michael's Pub. Even though he appears infrequently on this album, his playing shows that Hackett had lost none of his instinct for melodic improvisation and his pure trumpet tone. His sense of melody is nowhere better exploited than on "Emily" and "Green Dolphin Street." His Chicago traditional jazz roots are evident on "Tin Roof Blues." McKenna as a soloist and in support of Hackett shows why he has consistently occupied a slot in the upper echelons of jazz pianists. His innovative ability is reflected in a 3/4 waltz time of "Cherokee." Although scarce on Hackett, his devotees should be interested in trying to locate this out of print LP.

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