A Cockeyed Optimist
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.