1959 Bobby Hackett – Blues With A Kick

Robert Leo “Bobby” Hackett (January 31, 1915 – June 7, 1976) was an American jazz musician who played trumpet, cornet and guitar with the bands of Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Hackett is probably best known for being the featured soloist on some of the Jackie Gleason mood music albums during the 1950s..

Bobby Hackett was born in Providence, Rhode Island, to a family of Irish immigrants. He made his name as a follower of the legendary cornet player Bix Beiderbecke: Benny Goodman hired him to recreate Bix’s famous “I’m Coming Virginia” solo at his (Goodman’s) 1938 Carnegie Hall concert. In the late 1930s Hackett played lead trumpet in the Vic Schoen Orchestra which backed the Andrews Sisters. Hackett can be heard on the soundtrack to the 1940 Fred Astaire movie Second Chorus. In 1939 the talent agency MCA asked Hackett to form a big band with its backing. Unfortunately the band failed and Hackett was in substantial debt to MCA after it folded. Hackett joined the bands of Horace Heidt and then Glenn Miller to pay down this debt. To make matters worse, his lip was in bad shape after dental surgery, making it difficult for him to play the trumpet or cornet. Glenn Miller came to Hackett’s rescue, offering him a job as a guitarist with the Miller Band. “When I joined the band and I was making good money at last, […] [jazz critics] accused me of selling out. Hell I wasn’t selling out, I was selling in! It’s funny, isn’t it, how you go right into the wastebasket with some critics the minute you become successful”. Despite his lip problems, Hackett could still play occasional short solos, and he can be heard playing a famous one with the Glenn Miller Orchestra on “A String of Pearls”.

Tracks

1 Good-Bye Blues 2:31
2 Weary Blues 2:49
3 Sugar Blues 3:12
4 Blues in the Night 3:30
5 Baker’s Keyboard Blues 2:51
6 Wang Wang Blues 2:38
7 Limehouse Blues 2:41
8 Davenport Blues 2:56
9 Blues in My Heart 2:43
10 Alcoholic Blues 2:45
11 Bye Bye Blues 1:21
12 Blues with a Kick 2:53

Musicians

Bass Johnny Guiffrida
Bass Milt Hinton
Drums Joe Porcaro
Hammond Organ Nicky Tagg
Piano Dave McKenna
Piano Nicky Tagg
Trumpet Bobby Hackett
Percussion Harry Brewer
Percussion Phil Kraus