Fine And Mellow
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* All the collaborations of Bobby Hackett and Jackie Gleason on a single set for the first time ever.
* Includes the complete contents of the following albums, both in its Stereo and Mono versions, plus tracks originally issued only on singles and compilations:
"Music To Make You Misty"
"Music, Martinis And Memories"
"Music To Remember Her"
"Music To Change Her Mind"
"Music For The Love Hours"
"Music For Lovers Only"
Personnel: BOBBY HACKETT, trumpet soloist on all tracks backed by large orchestra conducted by JACKIE GLEASON. All tracks recorded in New York between 1953 & 1960.
Between late 1953 and 1960, the famous actor, television comedian and host Jackie Gleason (1916-1987) recorded a series of best selling albums featuring Bobby Hackett (1915-1976) as a soloist. Gleason's passion for jazz is well documented on his various TV shows, where some of the main jazz men (including Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, and many others) performed live. So, it's not surprising that, when considering the production of some records under his own name, Gleason called on the services of a renowned jazz soloist like Bobby Hackett to give some flavour to the performances. This was a very musically active period for Hackett, who recorded his celebrated album "Coast Concert" with Jack Teagarden in 1955 and fronted an adventurous sextet with reedman Bob Wilber in 1956-57. It was Gleason's idea to call Hackett when he was putting his first easy listening album together. He gave Hackett free rein to improvise over the melody, and a distant and fading coda of Hackett's playing closed many a Gleason number. Hackett was the only performer to be mentioned by name on Gleason's albums for several years. The Gleason-Hackett collaborations are in no way standard jazz recordings. They really belong to that category of light music that was known as "lounge music", and seen under that light they are truly effective pieces; gentle, kind and evocative. However, two elements converge to give these records a different and distinct dimension. First of all, the tunes selected by Jackie Gleason are among the finest jazz standards, with beautiful melodies and stimulating chord changes. Second, the presence of Bobby Hackett certainly gives the orchestral backgrounds a more jazzy feeling.
CD 1:1. It All Depends On You, 2. The Man I Love, 3. I Hadn't Anyone Till You, 4. When Your Lover Has Gone, 5. Tenderly, 6. Dark Is The Night (C'est Fini), 7. Mickey , 8. I'm Thru With Love, 9. Once In A While, 10. I Can't Get Started, 11. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good), 12. My Ideal, 13. Yesterdays, 14. I Love You (Je T'aime), 15. Unforgettable, 16. How High The Moon, 17. I'll Be Seeing You, 18. Shangri-la, 19. I Remember You, 20. It Could Happen To You, 21. Somebody Loves Me, 22. Time On My Hands, 23. The Nearness Of You, 24. The Song Is Ended.
CD 2: 1. Ruby, 2. Cherry, 3. Dinah, 4. Sweet Lorraine, 5. Stella By Starlight, 6. Sweet Sue, Just You, 7. Marie, 8. Jeannine (I Dream Of Lilac Time), 9. Louise, 10. Tangerine, 11. Marilyn, 12. Diane, 13. Charmaine, 14. Laura, 15. Jo Anne, 16. Rose Anne, 17. You've Changed, 18. Coquette, 19. Did I Remember?, 20. Guilty, 21. It's The Talk Of The Town, 22. My Sin, 23. It Was So Beautiful, 24. You're My Greatest Love. Total Time: 78:05 Mins.
CD 3:1. She's Funny That Way, 2. All By Myself, 3. I'm Glad There Is You, 4. You And The Night And The Music, 5. Dancing In The Dark, 6. You Call It Madness (But I Call It Love), 7. Take Me In Your Arms, 8. Autumn Leaves, 9. Oo! What You Do To Me, 10. Lullaby Of The Leaves, 11. Darn That Dream, 12. Serenade In Blue, 13. How Did She Look?, 14. Moonlight Becomes You, 15. Just One More Chance, 16. I Love You Too Much, 17. Get Out Of Town, 18. Just A Memory, 19. Ghost Of A Chance, 20. I've Got You Under My Skin, 21. Lover Come Back To Me, 22. The House Is Haunted, 23. Poor Butter. y, 24. Hold Me, 25. Our Love, 26. If I Could Be With You, 27. Th e EndOf A Love Affair. Total Time: 79:40 Mins.
CD 4: 1. Sentimental Touch, 2. The Song Is You, 3. Lilacs In The Rain, 4. On The Sentimental Side, 5. Dansero, 6. That's All, 7. Why Was I Born?, 8. You're My Thrill, 9. I Thought About You, 10. Oh! What It Seemed To Be, 11. A Cottage For Sale, 12. Alone Together, 13. My Funny Valentine, 14. But Not For Me, 15. Love (Your Spell Is Everywhere), 16. I'm In The Mood For Love, 17. Love Is Here To Stay, 18. I Only Have Eyes For You, 19. Body And Soul, 20. Little Girl, 21. I Cover The Waterfront, 22. Some Day, 23. If I Had You, 24. When A Woman Loves A Man, 25. A Stranger In Town, 26. A Moonlight Saving Time, 27. My Love For Carmen. Total Time: 79:41 Mins.