Al Hirt – Music To Watch Girls By
I always cheer for the trumpet players.
Al Hirt is a player to whose music I grew up listening. I had a 30-song hits collection cassette my Nana gave me when I was a kid, and I played that thing to death. I loved it (his Wonderland By Night is still note-perfect in my memory, for example). So when I recently found this CD languishing in a bin for $2, well, it was a shoe-in to come home with me.
His sound is equal parts sharp and sweet, brassy and smooth. He swings, he stomps, he grooves, he blasts. There’s no doubting his technical skill, or his sweet tone. His interpretations of these songs are a real pleasure to hear.
Intersting trivia: the title track here was a Top 40 hit for the Bob Crewe Generation. It was covered by others as well, including Chet Atkins, Andy Williams, and friggin’ Leonard Nemoy (who called it Music To Watch Space Girls By).
Hirt died in 1999, at the age of 76. He gave us a ton of great music. I dunno, maybe you’d have to be a fan of Hirt’s, or the trumpet in general, to even care about hearing a record like this. But I say you should care. This stuff is awesome.
Throw this on when you’re headed out to watch girls. Or any other time, it hardly matters. It’s just great music.