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For a few months in 1970, cornetist Bobby Hackett led one of the finest working groups of his career, a quintet with co-leader Vic Dickenson on trombone, pianist Dave McKenna, bassist Jack Lesberg and drummer Cliff Leeman. Fortunately, the band's long stint at the Roosevelt Grill Hotel was extensively recorded by producer Hank O'Neal; some of it was issued on LP and much more will probably come out on CD. Hackett and Dickenson made an ideal team, both having mellow tones, fluent styles and sly wits. This CD has the dozen songs on the original LP and five selections never issued before, and is easily recommended to fans of mainstream jazz; highlights include "Thou Swell," "It's Wonderful," "A String of Pearls," "Just You Just Me" and "Easter Parade."

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Live at the Roosevelt Grill Vol 2

A wonderful example of the superb playing of three of my favourite musicians. Hacketts melodic phrasing on the slow numbers and his swinging style on the upbeat, is to me what great jazz is all about. Supported here by Vic Dickenson who makes a trombone sound like it should,and the wonderful swinging Dave McKenna, and backed up by a rhythmn section new to me, but equal to the main players I just keep playing it and hear something new each time.


Born: 31 January 1915 in Providence, RI

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

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...
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