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Complete In a Mellow Mood & Soft Lights Sessions is ideal for romantic evenings, intimate dinners, and relaxed moonlight driving. Cornetist Bobby Hackett's elegant lounge/chamber jazz recordings of 1953, 1954, and 1955 were originally issued on two LPs titled In a Mellow Tone and Soft Lights and Bobby Hackett. The addition of strings and semi-classical orchestration (complete with sweeping harp arpeggios) makes this material a cousin to Charlie Parker's Bird with Strings sessions. While some may shy away from this kind of production, anyone who's not afraid of a lush, almost cinematic atmosphere and feels capable of unbiased relaxation should really try this on for size. The songs are well-chosen, the ensemble has class, and Hackett does a splendid job with each of these beautiful melodies.


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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