Michelle – Bobby Hackett
A mellow, romantic ballad in a classic swing style. Instead of a lead sheet, we have a melody and solo transcription for an in-depth look at how Bobby Hackett interpreted his own song.
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- Recording: Bobby Hackett - The Bobby Hackett Quartet
- Recorded on: March 25, 1959
- Label: Capitol (ST 1235)
- Concert Key: A-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (slow)
- Cornet - Bobby Hackett
- Piano - Dave McKenna
- Bass - Bob Carter
- Drums - Dick Scott
We present this song as a melody and solo transcription—everything that Bobby Hackett played on the recording. The melody is a simple framework which he embellishes and interprets expressively; you can use the transcription as a reference for your own version. For more details, click on the Solos tab.
For all its complexity, Bobby's solo is really just a further embellishment of the melody. This is especially obvious if you look at the last note of each phrase, but most notes of the melody are hidden in the lines. He really returns to the melody two measures before the second half of the chorus. It's a classic earlier style of improvising, one that is particularly effective in any setting to make a melody more memorable.
January 31, 1915 – June 7, 1976
Revered as a tasteful swing stylist and romantic balladeer, Bobby Hackett worked with many of the masters of swing, trad jazz, and their derived style of "mainstream" jazz. His major influences were Bix Beiderbecke and Louis Armstrong; he regularly played alongside Armstrong through the late 1940s and '50s. Hackett's solo on the Jerry Gray standard A String Of Pearls, with Glenn Miller's big band in 1941, is perhaps his best known recording. Read more...