Friday, May 11, 2012

Bobby Hackett - Chronological Classics (1948-1954)

The third installment in the Classics Bobby Hackett chronology examines the recordings he made between June 22, 1948, and November 7, 1954. The compilation opens with two superb five-minute V-Disc jams introduced by Hackett and Eddie Condon, who organized this and dozens of other traditional jazz get-togethers during the 1940s. The front line of Hackett, Cutty Cutshall, Peanuts Hucko, and Ernie Caceres worked wonders. "You Do Something to Me" is a marvelous trumpet/piano duet with Joe Bushkin recorded during the second AFM recording ban; in their spoken introduction they even mention the organization's president, a Mr. Petrillo. Two quintet sessions for Columbia dating from the late summer and early autumn of 1950 combine Dixieland repertoire with relaxed swing standards; Hackett's rendering of "A Room with a View" is particularly beautiful. An unattributed vocal choir intrudes upon an unissued recording of "Sleepy Head"; this turns out to have been a premonition of production values yet to come, as Hackett's next date as a leader (Capitol Records, May 11,1953) would find him accompanied by a rhythm section augmented with four violas and a cello. This combination actually worked rather well; the fact that Hackett had Lou Stein, Billy Bauer, Arnold Fishkin, and Denzil Best in the group helped to temper the effect of the strings, which in any case were all low key, literally speaking. Hackett sounds as relaxed and sophisticated as ever on the concluding tracks, which were recorded on November 7, 1954. By this time the Capitol studios and conductor Glenn Osser were backing him with French horns, woodwinds (including flute and oboe), and a classical harp wafting away next to the rhythm section. Fortunately, the ensemble is kept under control and Hackett sounds just as happy here as he did with his old cohorts from the Condon Mob.
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Bobby Hackett
Chronological Classics


1 Oh Baby (My Honey's Lovin' Arms) (Murphy) 5:42
2 Fidgety Feet (LaRocca, Shields) 4:37
3 You Do Something to Me (Porter) 2:59
4 Royal Garden Blues (Williams) 2:35
5 I've Got the World on a String (Arlen, Koehler) 3:14
6 Struttin' with Some Barbeque (Amstrong, Armstrong, Raye) 2:22
7 Sleepy Head (Donaldson, Kahn) 3:35
8 Fidgety Feet (LaRocca, Shields) 2:27
9 Tin Roof Blues (Brunies, Mares, Melrose, Pollack) 3:17
10 Oh Baby (Murphy) 2:43
11 A Room with a View (Stillman, Swan) 3:19
12 What a Diff'rence a Day Made (Adams, Grever) 3:06
13 That Old Black Magic (Arlen, Mercer) 3:05
14 The Song Is You (Hammerstein, Kern) 2:44
15 You Turned the Tables on Me (Alter, Mitchell) 2:27
16 Someday You'll Be Sorry (Armstrong) 2:35
17 Easy to Love (Porter) 2:15
18 Soft Lights and Sweet Music (Berlin) 2:07
19 I Cried for You (Arnheim, Freed, Lyman) 2:28
20 Bobby's Blues (Feller, Hackett) 2:48
21 Deep Night (Henderson, Vallee) 2:53
22 Mood Indigo (Bigard, Ellington, Mills) 3:35
23 All Through the Night (Porter) 3:50
24 Flamingo (Anderson, Grouya) 3:06

Bobby Hackett - tp
Cutty Cutshall - tb
Peanuts Hucko - cl
Emie Caceres - bs
Charlie Queener - p
Eddie Condon - g
Irv Manning - b
Morey Feld - dr
Recorded in New York ; June, 1948
Bobby Hackett - crnt
Joe Bushkin - p
Recorded in New York ; October 26, 1948
Bobby Hackett - tp
Charlie Queener - p
Carl Kress - g
Bob Casey - b
Don Marino - dr
Recorded in New York ; August 31, 1950
Bobby Hackett - tp
Charlie Queener - p
Danny Perri - g
Bob Casey - b
Cliff Leeman - dr
Recorded in New York ; September 15, 1950
Bobby Hackett - crnt
Lou Stein - p
Billy Bauer - g
Arnold Fishkin - b
Denzil Best - dr
Strings (4 violas & 1 cello)
Recorded in New York ; May 11, 1953
Bobby Hackett - crnt
Unknow orchestra, arr. & cond. by Glenn Osser
Recorded in New York ; November 7, 1954


AmyBRAINS said...

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Tank you.

Adrian said...

Incredible beautiful collection.
Thanks a lot.

PlantDoctor53 said...

Thank you Mel.

fluffyalbert said...

Many many thanks for such excellent music, you've made an old man very happy!

Philo said...

Wonderful stuff! I am really enjoying the music. Love those Chronological Classics!

Thanks, Mel.

Andrzej said...

Amy BRAINS: top of the page, under PW (above "Search This Blog")

Alberto Cos said...

Merci, merci, merci!!

Melanchthon said...

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