Bobby Hackett started on guitar before switching to cornet, and later to trumpet. He was roped in by Benny Goodman to recreate Bix's solo on "I'm Coming Virginia" at the 1938 Carnegie Hall Concert (the success of which saw him associated thereafter with that luminary, rather than his true idol Louis Armstrong). In his informative liner note Digby Fairweather (no slouch on the trumpet himself) reports that it was Louis' response, when asked why he preferred Hackett to Billy Butterfield, that the former had more ingredients.
Hence the title of this compilation, which presents Bobby in a variety of settings between 1938 and 1960, including the afore-mentioned solo with Benny Goodman (the acoustic of which reflects the difficulties encountered in recording at that venue). There's one apiece with Eddie Condon & his Windy City Seven (1938), Miff Mole & his Nicksieland Band (1944), Louis Armstrong's 1947 Town Hall Concert, Axel Stordahl & his Orchestra with a Sinatra vocal (1947), Joe Bushkin & his Swinging Strings with a Lee Wiley vocal (1950), Jackie Gleason & orchestra (1954), and paired with Jack Teagarden (1957).
Alternating with that variety of styles are a number of recordings made under his own leadership, including three 1957 recordings by a group that used an unusual instrumentation and Dick Carey's arrangements to modernise Dixieland tunes. Bobby Hackett's particular trademarks were a lyrical style and subtlety of improvisation, and by the fifties his already mellow tone had become lustrous. All of those facets of his playing are in evidence in this superb compilation.