|If you've been in the jazz biz for any length of time, you'll know the name Gabriel Mark Hasselbach, a mad-skills hornmeister with a decidedly extensive palette of colors and textures.
Contemporary Jazz lovers will have heard many of his ubiquitous nine Billboard hits from a dozen albums,
and know of his Album of the Year and Instrumentalist of the Year Awards.
If you are a Classic Jazz lover, you would know Gabriel from his two mainstream JazzWeek charting albums, including Come Out Swingin', which included the debut of a young Michael Bublé, actually singing great jazz.
Gabriel performed his MidCentury Modern Vol. 1 CD release shows during the New Orleans Jazz Festival, at the New Orleans Jazz Museum, so you know he can do that stuff too (we are talking funky, and swinging).
Refusing to be pigeonholed, Gabriel spreads his wings with MidCentury Modern Vol. 1, an engaging mainstream project,
that showcases his commanding horn, and embraces all the highlights of the jazz experience without pandering or artifice.
It seems to be an erudite and pleasing mix to the Grammy folks, too, so read the reviews ….. that's why you need to have a listen!
Good jazz is good jazz, and this album reaches jazz lovers of all stripes without dumbing-down the content or overwhelming any listener.
Watch the videos and have a listen to MidCentury Modern Vol. 1