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Bobby Hackett

Bobby Hackett's mellow tone and melodic style offered a contrast to the brasher Dixieland-oriented trumpeters. Emphasizing his middle-register and lyricism, Hackett was a flexible soloist who actually sounded little like his main inspiration, Louis Armstrong.

When Hackett first came up he was briefly known as "the new Bix" because of the similarity in his approach to that of Bix Beiderbecke, but very soon he developed his own distinctive sound. Originally a guitarist (which he doubled on until the mid-'40s), Hackett performed in local bands, and by 1936 was leading his own group. He moved to New York in 1937, played with Joe Marsala, appeared at Benny Goodman's 1938 Carnegie Hall concert (recreating Beiderbecke's solo on "I'm Coming Virginia"), recorded with Eddie Condon, and by 1939 had a short-lived big band. Hackett played briefly with Horace Heidt, and during 1941-1942 was with Glenn Miller's Orchestra, taking a famous solo on "String of Pearls." Next up was a stint with the Casa Loma Orchestra, and then he became a studio musician while still appearing with jazz groups. Hackett was a major asset at Louis Armstrong's 1947 Town Hall Concert, in the 1950s he was a star on Jackie Gleason's commercial but jazz-flavored mood music albums, and he recorded several times with Eddie Condon and Jack Teagarden. During 1956-1957, Hackett led an unusual group that sought to modernize Dixieland (using Dick Cary's arrangements and an unusual instrumentation), but that band did not catch on. Hackett recorded some commercial dates during 1959-1960 (including one set of Hawaiian songs and another in which he was backed by pipe organ), he worked with Benny Goodman (1962-1963); backed Tony Bennett in the mid-'60s; co-led a well-recorded quintet with Vic Dickenson (1968-1970); and made sessions with Jim Cullum, the World's Greatest Jazz Band, and even Dizzy Gillespie and Mary Lou Williams, remaining active up until his death. Among the many labels Bobby Hackett recorded for as a leader were Okeh (reissued by Epic), Commodore, Columbia, Epic, Capitol, Sesac, Verve, Project 3, Chiaroscuro, Flying Dutchman, and Honey Dew. ~ Scott Yanow
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Swingin'est Gals in Town

1. Where Am I Going?

2. Baby Dream Your Dream

3. There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This

4. Big Spender

5. You Wanna Bet

6. Sweet Charity

7. Open a New Window

8. We Need a Little Christmas

9. That's How Young I Feel

10. If He Walked Into My Life

11. Mame

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Track List: A String of Pearls

1. Perfidia

2. Adios

3. Blue Moon

4. Georgia on My Mind

5. Tuxedo Junction

6. Jersey Bounce

7. Poor Butterfly

8. Rhapsody in Blue

9. A String of Pearls

10. Moonlight Serenade

11. Stompin' at the Savoy

12. In the Mood

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Track List: Trumpets' Greatest Hits

1. What's New?

2. Sugar Blues

3. I Can't Get Started

4. And the Angels Sing

5. The Man with the Horn

6. Java

7. Ciribiribin

8. Oh! My Pa-Pa (O mein Papa)

9. Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White

10. When It's Sleepy Time Down South

11. Davenport Blues

12. Memories of You

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Track List: Plays Tony Bennett's Greatest Hits

1. Smile

2. Put On a Happy Face

3. I Left My Heart in San Francisco

4. The Good Life

5. Rags to Riches

6. Just in Time

7. Stranger in Paradise

8. I Wanna Be Around

9. The Shadow of Your Smile (Love Theme from "The Sandpiper")

10. Because of You

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Track List: Plays The Music Of Bert Kaempfert

1. Danke Schoen

2. Wonderland By Night

3. A Swingin' Safari

4. The Bass Walks

5. Mexican Market Day

6. Now And Forever

7. Bert's Tune

8. Afrikaan Beat

9. Sunday In Madrid

10. Only Those In Love

11. Take Me

12. The Happy Trumpeter

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Track List: Hello Louis!

1. Don't Forget to Mess Around When You're Doing the Charleston

2. Lazy 'Sippi Steamer Goin' Home

3. Brother Bill

4. Butter and Egg Bossa Nova (I Want a Big Butter and Egg Man)

5. If We Never Meet Again

6. Gate Mouth Blues

7. Someday You'll Be Sorry

8. Where Were You Last Night

9. Wild Man Blues

10. Swing That Music

11. Hear Me Talkin' to Ya

12. Satchel Mouth Swing

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Track List: The Capitol Vaults Jazz Series (2001 Remaster)

Disc 1

1. Soft Lights And Sweet Music

2. Bobby's Blues

3. I Cried For You (Now It's Your Turn To Cry Over Me)

4. You Turned The Tables On Me

5. Under A Blanket Of Blue

6. How About You?

7. Easy To Love

8. That Old Black Magic

9. Someday You'll Be Sorry

10. The Song Is You

11. It's All Right With Me

12. Sleep

13. Serenade In Blue

14. Deep Night

15. In A Sentimental Mood

16. Lazy River

17. Carefree

18. Mood Indigo

19. Get Out Of Town

20. All Through The Night

21. Stars In My Eyes

22. Rain

23. Flamingo

24. You're My Thrill

25. Isn't It Romantic?

26. If You Were The Only Girl In The World

27. Together

Disc 2

1. You Are Too Beautiful

2. Thank You For A Lovely Evening

3. Autumn Nocturne

4. Cocktails For Two

5. When I'm WIth You

6. We Kiss In A Shadow

7. Two Cigarettes In The Dark

8. The Very Thought Of You

9. The Way You Look Tonight

10. Moonlight Becomes You

11. Love Me

12. One Kiss

13. My Heart Stood Still

14. Ev'rything I Love

15. Moonlight Serenade

16. Put Your Dreams Away

17. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise

18. Wonderful One

19. Zigeuner

20. Don't Take Your Love From Me

21. Autumn Serenade

22. If I Had A Million Dollars

23. A Handful Of Stars

24. Street Of Dreams

25. The Thrill Is Gone

Disc 3

1. At The Jazz Band Ball

2. (Love's Got Me In A) Lazy Mood

3. Wolverine Blues

4. The Continental

5. Rose Room

6. In A Little Spanish Town

7. Cornet Chop Suey

8. Caravan

9. Tin Roof Blues

10. Albatross

11. Henry Hudson

12. It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)

13. Paradise

14. Spring, Beautiful Spring

15. C'est Magnifique

16. I'll See You In My Dreams

17. It's Been So Long

18. That Naughty Waltz

19. Cheek To Cheek

20. If I Had My Way

21. My Monday Date

22. If You Were There

23. All Of You

24. Rosalie

Disc 4

1. Bernie's Tune

2. The Lady Is A Tramp

3. Michelle

4. You Stepped Out Of A Dream

5. Stompin' At The Savoy

6. Swing That Music

7. Stereoso

8. Undecided

9. Don't Be That Way

10. Kahakalau

11. (We're Gonna Be In) High Society

12. It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)

13. I'm In The Market For You

14. Embraceable You

15. Mr. Wonderful

16. 'Tis Autumn

17. Take The "A" Train

18. Bright Eyes

19. Too Close For Comfort

20. Anytime, Anyday, Anywhere

21. What's New?

22. C'est Fini

23. Prelude To A Kiss

24. Sleepy Lagoon

Disc 5

1. Good-Bye Blues

2. Weary Blues

3. Sugar Blues

4. Blues In The Night

5. Baker's Keyboard Blues

6. Wang Wang Blues

7. Limehouse Blues

8. Davenport Blues

9. Blues In My Heart

10. Alcoholic Blues

11. Bye Bye Blues

12. Blues With A Kick

13. Kohala March

14. Orchids From Hawaii

15. Song Of The Islands (Na Lei O Hawaii)

16. Hawaii Swings

17. On The Beach At Waikiki

18. Robby-San

19. Ku Nei

20. Maui Chimes

21. Hapa Haole Hula Girl

22. Puamana (Sea Breeze)

23. Soft Sands

24. Aloha Oe

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Track List: Bobby Hackett '48 - '53

1. Royal Garden Blues

2. I've Got The World On A String

3. Struttin' With Some Barbecue

4. Sleepy Head

5. Fidgety Feet

6. Tin Roof Blues

7. Oh Baby

8. A Room With A View

9. What A Difference A Day Made

10. That Old Black Magic

11. The Song Is You

12. You Turned The Tables On Me

13. Someday You'll Be Sorry

14. Easy To Love

15. Soft Lights And Sweet Music

16. I Cried For You

17. Bobby's Blues

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Track List: The Chronological Classics: Bobby Hackett 1948-1954

1. Oh Baby (My Honey's Lovin' Arms)

2. Fidgety Feet

3. You Do Something To Me

4. Royal Garden Blues

5. I've Got The World On A String

6. Struttin' With Some Barbecue

7. Sleepy Head

8. Fidgety Feet

9. Tin Roof Blues

10. Oh Baby

11. A Room With A View

12. What A Difference A Day Made

13. That Old Black Magic

14. The Song Is You

15. You Turned The Tables On Me

16. Someday You'll Be Sorry

17. Easy To Love

18. Soft Lights And Sweet Music

19. I Cried For You

20. Bobby's Blues

21. Deep Night

22. Mood Indigo

23. All Through The Night

24. Flamingo

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Track List: Bobby Hackett Plays Henry Mancini / Bobby Hackett Plays Bert Kaempfert

1. Theme From Peter Gunn

8. Theme From 'Mr. Lucky'

13. Danke Schoen

14. Wonderland By Night

15. A Swingin' Safari

16. The Bass Walks

17. Mexican Market Day

18. Now And Forever

19. Bert's Tune

20. Afrikaan Beat

21. Sunday In Madrid

22. Only Those In Love

23. Take Me

24. The Happy Trumpeter

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Track List: Jazz Ultimate

1. Way Down Yonder In New Orleans

2. Royal Garden Blues

3. St. James Infirmary

4. Indiana

5. 55th And Broadway

6. Everybody Loves My Baby

7. Sunday

8. Muskrat Ramble

9. Oh Baby

10. Mama's Gone, Goodbye

11. I Found A New Baby

12. Baby, Won't You Please Come Home

13. 's Wonderful

14. Indiana

15. I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan

16. Fidgety Feet

17. I Want A Big Butter And Egg Man

18. That's A Plenty

19. It's Wonderful

20. Basin Street Blues

21. New Orleans

22. Struttin' With Some Barbecue

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Track List: Live At The Roosevelt Grill, Vol. 2

1. Thou Swell (live)

2. Things Ain't What They Used To Be

3. It's Wonderful (live)

4. Lover, Come Back To Me

5. If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight

6. Jitterbug Waltz (live)

7. Blue Lou

8. I'll Try

9. Misty

10. A String Of Pearls (live)

11. More Than You Know

12. Just You, Just Me (live)

13. 'S Wonderful

14. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone

15. A Time To Love

16. Easter Parade (live)

17. I May Be Wrong

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Track List: Coast Concert

1. I Want A Big Butter And Egg Man

2. New Orleans

3. That's A Plenty

4. Basin Street Blues

6. I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan

7. Royal Garden Blues

8. Struttin' With Some Barbecue

9. Fidgety Feet

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Bobby Hackett had a sound that was uniquely his. He was a master of the mellow trumpet, which was very creative. You could always recognize a Bobby Hackett solo on a recording. I had the pleasure to meet him several years ago and he was a complete gentleman. Classy guy and great musician - he is missed!
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It's great to listen to the music of musicians like Bobby Hackett, what with the miserable stuff that's offered to the listening public in tis day and age. How tragic!
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Nice!!!! Really Smooth piano solo!!!!
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Solid...oh yeah!
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I Cried for You both sweet and rough! Bunny Bergen eat your heart out!
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Bobby Hackett one of the sweetest horns of the Jazz Big Band Era. Pure genius.
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Suzannekaye3 Good news! There are young people playing sweet sounds in the model of Hackett et al. You just have to look for them. Check out high schools that feature advanced music. McArthur H.S. in San Antonio for example has an excellent program that turns out good young musicians.
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What a sweet horn he does play. A soothing sound in the evening.
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suzannekaye3
What a shame the kids today will never know such sweet sounds...he was truly gifted.
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josephfoltz1 2 3 4 0
Bobby Hackett, Ray Anthony, it doesn't get any better for really good music.
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fireflofrank
fireflofrank I REALLY APPRECIATE HACKETTS UNIQUE ROUND AND MELLO SOUND. I WAS EXPOSED TO HIS PLAY WHEN I JUST STARTED PLAYING HORN BY BRO. RICK FLORES A GREAT ENTERTAINER. ITS UNFORTUNATE I MISSED OUT SEEING HIM PLAY LIVE. BOBBY WILL ALWAYS BE TUNED IN.
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Sounds awesome with his band but especally with Jackie Gleason's band. Great Music!
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play Duke Heitger
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Duke Heitger please play
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Duke Heitiger
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Wan't this Soupy Sales' theme music?
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I love what Steeveegee says about Hackett - and he's right! That's where many of us came from on those nights. You can't beat Hackett's stuff with a Yankee bat.
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danieladagio 3 9 2
There are so many great trumpet and cornet players out there but none can compare to the sound of Bobby Hackett. A great talent !
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Before Rap, Soul, R & B, someone was 'chillin' to make all those babies...gue s s what, this is the kind of martini or shot of rye that got the night rolling. So get into that house jacket (satin robe) satin slippers and order out, cause Momma's gonna be busy.
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peterdunne
where r the words ???????????? ? ? ?
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He keeps it simple...
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j_f_olsen
Bobby Hackett has been one of my favorite cornetists sunce I first heard him live at one of Eddie Condon's Town Hall comcerts (NYC 1946). I still think he was the best right up 'till he passed away at his club on Cape Cod.
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Great sound, relaxing sound,easy to listen to.
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I usually think of Dixieland as "down and dirty", but I like it the way Bobby does it too. His beatiful, smooth and mellow sound, and his effortless seeming technique transforms Dixie into a legit sounding music form. A true master of his instrument. I immensely enjoy listening to him. I've got this guy bookmarked!
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banderson57
Terrific mellow sound! Great body of work
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Versatility was Bobby's hallmark. Just look at the diverse musicians he played with! I still think of him as primarily a Dixieland player--smoo t h and yet upbeat.

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