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Al Hirt: All Time Greatest Hits

Al Hirt

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Once a virtuoso trumpet player for the Dorseys, Al Hirt, essentially a Dixieland genius on the horn, broke through to a mass audience with a string of joyous, energetic, and engaging instrumental hit singles in the 1960s, including infectious delights like "Java," "Cotton Candy," "Sugar Lips," "Up Above My Head," and "Fancy Pants," all of which are collected here in this fine 20-track, single-disc introduction to this one-of-a-kind horn player.

Biography

Born: 07 November 1922 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

A virtuoso on the trumpet, Al Hirt was often "overqualified" for the Dixieland and pop music that he performed. He studied classical trumpet at the Cincinnati Conservatory (1940-1943) and was influenced by the playing of Harry James. He freelanced in swing bands (including both Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, and Ray McKinley) before returning to New Orleans in the late '40s and becoming involved in the Dixieland movement. He teamed up with clarinetist Pete Fountain on an occasional basis from 1955 on, and...
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