Jackie Gleason & Bobby Hackett: Essential Cocktail Lounge

Instrumental mood music for orchestra and trumpet

These set is a budget-priced MP3 version of the 4-CD set Complete Sessions issued on the Fine & Mellow label. It collects 102 tracks recorded by Jackie Gleason and Bobby Hackett between 1952 and 1959, with Gleason conducting an orchestra and Hackett adding his trumpet. The set includes the original albums “Music for Lovers Only” (1952), “Music to Make You Misty” (1953, and not including the tracks featuring saxophonist Toots Mondello), “Music, Martinis and Memories” (1954), “Music to Remember Her” (1954), “Music to Change Her Mind” (1956), “Music for the Love Hours” (1956), and “That Moment” (1959). The last two, which were the final two pairings of these artists are previously unreleased. The last of the albums is also the only one originally released in stereo, though it seems to be reproduced in mono here. Even stranger, most of the tracks from “The Love Hours” seem to be broader than plain mono, but not really stereo. One channel or two, Gleason’s orchestrations are lush, with relaxed tempos and dramatic string arrangements that provide a compelling place for Hackett’s languid playing and smooth tone. The material sticks mostly to standards, and though Hackett has a jazz background, this is very much easy listening music. A hundred-and-two tracks (over five hours of music) may be more than the casual mood music fan can use, but for Gleason fans or anyone looking for hours and hours of pleasant background music, this set is a steal. Note that the track ordering does not follow that of the original albums, and the detailed booklet supplied with Fine & Mellow’s CDs are completely absent. [©2009 hyperbolium dot com]

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4 Responses to “Jackie Gleason & Bobby Hackett: Essential Cocktail Lounge”

  1. EGILL OSCAR GUSTAFSON says:

    HEY, !
    WHERE CAN I GET HOLD OF 2 COPIES OF THIS ALBUM ???

  2. hyperbolium says:

    Unfortunately, both the MP3 edition reviewed here, and the CD edition linked in the review, seem to be out of print. You might be able to still listen to them on a streaming service like rdio.com or spotify.com, or find a copy on eBay.

  3. EGILL OSCAR GUSTAFSON says:

    DO LET ME KNOW IF ANYONE CAN FIND AN EXTRA COPY FOR ME ! THANKS !

    EGILL OSCAR GUSTAFSON.
    ARTIST PHOTOGRAPHER/POET.
    JAZZ JOURNALIST/JAZZ HISTORIAN
    GLOBETROTTER/SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGIST

  4. hyperbolium says:

    You can buy copies of Complete Sessions from secondary sellers on Amazon. As of today, there are two copies for sale. You can stream Essential Cocktail Lounge here.