Music 'Til Dawn
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Audio CD, 1995
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When Bobby Hackett was prohibited by his contract with Capitol from recording lush orchestral albums for any other label, he went into the studio for Columbia & made two LPs - Dream Awhile (1960) & The Most Beautiful Horn in the World (1961) - with a small combo including piano, bass, guitar, & Wurlitzer theater organ played by a guy named Johnny Seng. Seng provided the "strings." Both LPs are on "Music 'Til Dawn." The result was a strangely ethereal imitation of Jackie Gleason. You're not sure at first what you're hearing. Listening to this music is like watching star-crossed lovers dancing at 3 am in a large, empty ballroom. Cheesy in its way, yet almost unbearably sad, but for the wonderful horn sailing effortlessly over it all.
I recommend this more to Wurlitzer aficionados for Johnny Seng's lovely playing. If you're interested in Bobby, you should first check out his solo recordings for Capitol & the Gleason albums.
Everyone involved in this work outdid themselves. From Mitch Miller to Glenn Osser, this certainly reflects the best studio musicians that Columbia Music had. Bobby Hackett is flawless in his performance, as usual, but the harmony and backup work is beautiful to give each of these old songs a unique sound and flavor all their own. If your a lover of the sad, romantic ballads of love lost, this is for you. You will experience a sound unlike any other you have ever heard. I love Bobby Hackett's horn, and have for many years, but the backup work, particularly, the organ is just heavenly.
One of the favorite recordings I have in my collection!
"Music 'Til Dawn" is easily my most favorite theatre organ recording, and I have many in my collection. Why? Is it because this album doesn't try to be merely a recording of theatre pipe organs? Or is it because Bobby Hackett is the soloist? No. It is because this album showcases the theatre pipe organ in one of its originally-intended roles: to accompany soloists, and accompany them in style. Perhaps this is why Wurlitzer called its product a "unit orchestra," its ability to imitate the instruments of an orchestra.
In this recording are not one, but two theatre pipe organs, with consoles and organists side by side and joined by a piano, guitar and minimal drum kit, gracefully replicating every instrument of a dinner or lounge orchestra, and allowing the cornet of Bobby Hackett to soar high above the clouds, then coming back down and beckoning you to join him on a musically-romantic journey high above those same cloud tops in the evening twilight.
By accompanying the cornet and being joined by a subdued jazz quartet, this album really showcases the two Wurlitzers in a way that is rarely duplicated.Read more ›
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Something a little different, but very enjoyable. Might be a little hard to come by in the future. Glad I purchased it.Published on March 29, 2014 by Ellwood Brown
Another great Bobby Hackett CD. Such talent! The big pipe organ background is beautiful too . . . especially Johnny Seng. He really can wake up the organ and make it "talk".Published on September 11, 2012 by Ellen