This is one of the last recordings of American trumpeter Robert Leo "Bobby" Hackett (Rhode Island, 1915-1976). During the 30s and 40s he worked with the bands of Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller and Casa Loma Orchestra. He later worked with dozens of artists (Teddy Wilson, Jack Teagarden, Eddie Condon, Tony Bennett, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, etc..) and from the 50s until his death he continued acting and rec ording with several small groups. The repertoire of ten themes of the album is dominated by Dixieland and swing standards.
Since his stunning debut in 1974 with the now world-famous audiophile recordings for the Three Blind Mice label, Japanese pianist Tsuyoshi Yamamoto has built a career that now spans four decades. His brand-new trio album What A Wonderful World follows his previous release Gentle Blues (VHCD-1118), his first recording for Venus Records in 14 years. In fact, the 12 tracks in this CD were recorded on the day after 10 tracks on Gentle Blues were recorded. It is remarkable that Yamamoto and his trio recorded enough materials for two CDs in two consecutive days, but then again, he is a veteran pianist who doesn't like to repeat himself and prefers to record everything in a single take.
Being his first series, What a Wonderful World remains Asano's most representative and successful work to date.
Composed of vignettes from the daily lives of a group of people inhabiting an ordinary neighborhood somewhere in Tokyo, the series is actually a comment about modern life itself and how we can survive in it despite all its rigors.
Amusing, melancholic, funny, strange, thought-provoking, €”Asano effortlessly shifts from one mood to another, creating stories and characters that are profoundly human and thus always involving. It's a shame that not everyone will find the subjects the author describes equally appealing since some of them are distinctly Japanese. But overall, it's a great collection that any discerning manga reader should check out.