Thursday, July 23, 2015

Bobby Hackett In a Mellow Mood & Soft Lights Sessions

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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Bobby Hackett
Complete in a Mellow Mood
Soft Lights Sessions


1 That Old Black Magic (Arlen, Mercer)  3:05
2 The Song is You (Hammerstein, Kern)  2:45
3 You Turned the Tables On Me (Alter, Mitchell)  2:28
4 Someday You'll Be Sorry (Armstrong)  2:35
5 Easy To Love (Porter)  2:16
6 Soft Light and Sweet Music (Berlin)  2:08
7 Cried For You (Arnheim, Freed, Lyman)  2:28
8 Bobby's Blues (Feller, Hackett)  2:49
9 Deep Night (Henderson, Vallee)  2:53
10 Mood Indigo (Bigard, Ellington, Mills)  3:35
11 All Through the Night (Porter)  3:50
12 Flamingo (Anderson, Grouya)  3:08
13 Rain (Ford)  2:56
14 Serenade In Blue (Gordon, Warren)  3:24
15 Lazy River (Arodin, Carmichael)  3:03
16 Get Out of Town (Porter)  2:14
17 Carefree (Henderson, Heyman)  2:41
18 You're My Thrill (Clare, Gorney)  3:15
19 Stars In My Eyes (Fields, Kreisler)  2:17
20 In a Sentimental Mood (Ellington, Kurtz, Mills)  3:09
21 How About You ? (Freed, Lane)  2:56
22 Under a Blanket of Blues (Livingston, Neiburg, Symes)  2:48
23 Sleep (Lebieg)  2:36
24 It's All Right with Me (Porter)  3:25


[# 1-8]
Bobby Hackett - crnt
Lou Stein - p
Billy Bauer - g
Arnold Fishkind - b
Denzil Best - dr
String Quintet (4 violas & 1 cello)
Sid Feller (probably) - arr
Recorded in New York ; May 11, 1953
[# 9-12]
Bobby Hackett - crnt
Unknow (p, g, b, dr, fr hrn, reeds & hrp)
Glenn Osser - arr
Recorded in New York City ; November 7, 1954
[# 13-16]
Bobby Hackett - crnt
Unknow ( vb, p, g, b & dr)
Glenn Osser - arr
Recorded in New York ; November 9, 1954
[# 17-20]
Bobby Hackett - crnt
Unknow (p, g, b, dr, tp, fr hrn & reeds)
Glenn Osser - arr
Recorded in New York ; November 10, 1954
[# 21-24]
Bobby Hackett - crnt
Unknow (p/clst, g, b, dr & string quintet)
Recorded in New York ; July 18, 1955


Otis Foster said...

Thnx Mel - Bobby Hackett was an integral part of my mostly unsuccessful attempts at college romance many years ago.

Phillip said...

The classiest music of its type, surely. Thanks a lot, Mel.

LaroSwing said...

Great post, as usual! Many thanks

Philo said...

This brings back some memories.

Thanks for posting.

El Rana said...

Hackett is very underrated IMHO. Very melodic and supremely swinging !

Thanks for this beauty !



ita diegues said...

Gracias Melanchthon.

Orbyt said...

I have "In A Mellow Mood", so warms thanks for this great set.

Kneigh said...

Many thanx for this great Hackett post, Mel!! I d/l'd it back in March, but, as I was just playing it again, I wondered where I got it. Checked back & saw it was from you, but I never said thanx. So, a very belated thanx, sir!!

Albertito Jazz said...

Muchas Gracias Melanchthon por toda la maravillosa música!

jazzcat1228 said...

Very nice. Thank you, Mel!

Melanchthon said...

tigerloaf said...

Yours is one of the best music blogs on the internet. Thanks once again for all you share.

deGallo said...

Love some Bobby Hackett!! Thank you.

Luro said...

Muchas gracias Melanchthon

ProfessorCalculus said...

Sometime I leave in a hurry, thanks for this and others .....and the Jazz Ukelele.

AmyBRAINS said...

It's a GREAT POST to me!!
Many, many thanks, Melanchthon.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

DEEP said...

Is Bobby Hackett "What A Wonderful World" (Flying Dutchman) available?