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Friday, July 30, 2010

Solid! South Pacific - Bobby Hammack Quintet

A Cockeyed Optimist
Bali Ha'i
Solid! South Pacific
Bobby Hammack Quintet
Liberty LRP 3037 (LST 707 Stereo)

I'm not a big fan of the "Broadway" album. However, when I ran across this set on my favorite label, Liberty, I took the chance that I would dig it.

This record is a great small combo jazz/bachelor pad take on South Pacific.

The 1957 issue of Billboard: Here's an item which may fare better sales-wise in the pop field than jazz. Tasteful, neatly understated instrumental treatments of the great Rodgers and Hammerstein South Pacific score, highlighted by Hamack's aptly self-styled "calculated spontaneity" at the keyboard. Amusing cover adds up to good display art for dealers.

Bobby Hammack made four albums.


  1. OH yes MUCH better than the usual South Pacific!

  2. great. got more hammack? this was my first jazz album.

    1. I don't think so, that I can remember off hand. Thanks for stopping by. Mark


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