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Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Trumpet's Greatest Hits Styled By Bobby Hackett

Memories Of You

Trumpet's Greatest Hits
Styled By Bobby Hackett
In A Setting Of Wall-To-Wall Strings
Cover Photo: Henry Parker
Epic STEREO BN 26155

From the back cover: In the thirty-six years of his professional music career; Bobby Hackett has either worked with, jammed with, been compared to or cited as the model for all the instrumentalists whose works are represented here. This "trumpeters' trumpeter" has led traditional lineups, modern combos, sat in at knock-down, no-holds-barred jam sessions, held a featured sideman's chair in swing bands (two chairs in Glenn Miller's orchestra – guitar and trumpet – in the early Forties), conducted a major network studio orchestra, taken the spotlight in Jackie Gleason's huge string aggregation, toured in concert with Benny Goodman – and has made hit recordings in virtually every jazz and popular genre.

If any horn man has the credentials to launch a renaissance of these trumpet classics, Hackett has them. New arrangements for all the selections are the works of George Williams, who not so coincidentally was a star arranger for Glenn Miller when Miller was Hackett's boss, and now is with Ray McKinley and the Glenn Miller Orchestra. The sessions recorded with Hackett, strings and rhythm were conducted by Johnnie Spence, one of Great Britain's best orchestra leaders, as distinguished for his conducting and arranging talents as for his authoritative use of a baton, a rarity in recording studios these days.

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