Michael Hackett: Circles (2005)
Five of the eight compositions are originals and with one exception, the two standards (Bronislau Kaper's "Invitation" and the Livingston/Evans ballad "Never Let Me Go") are the best moments on the album. Michael Hackett's title tune, which comes close to a fourteen-minute presentation, is also memorable, beginning with a multi-horn unison reading that sounds like vintage Blue Note from the early 1960's (more specifically from Jackie McLean's Destination Out period) with lots of time for individual solos. It also stands out as a well arranged piece that holds attention for the long ride.
There's nothing wrong with the other tunes but, by the same token, there's nothing memorable either. One can well assume that Hackett's recording future will progress nicely and that we can look forward to his future ventures.
Track Listing: My Good Friend, Blues to John, Heidi's Song, Invitation, Even As We Speak, Circles, Unrequited, Never Let Me Go.
Personnel: Michael Hackett, trumpet and flugelhorn; Todd Bashore, alto and soprano sax; Vincent Gardner, trombone; Mike Holober, piano; Phil Palombi, bass; Aaron Scott,drums.
Record Label: Summit Records