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Discussion in 'General Jazz Discussions' started by jazzbill, Aug 6, 2016.

  1. jazzbill

    jazzbill Maitre d' Forums Staff Member

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  2. rgeberer

    rgeberer Member

    Curious--why was he considered jazz, but Al Hirt wasnt?
     
  3. jazzbill

    jazzbill Maitre d' Forums Staff Member

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    I don't know if I agree that Al Hirt wasn't a jazz trumpeter. But he did have some albums that sold well in the 60's, and often times artists who sell albums are called pop. Granted, some of Hirt's albums - especially those that Chet Atkins produced on RCA - didn't have all that much jazz in them. With the overwhelming success that Herb Alpert had with the Tijuana Brass in the 60's a lot of artists tried to get on that bandwagon, with less than stellar results. Remember those awful Chet Baker albums with the Mariachi Brass? But Al Hirt still performed his Dixie jazz on club dates and he always sounded great IMO.
     

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