If you haven’t lived it won’t come out of your horn! There are a lot of fine young musicians on today’s scene. However, to my ears the most meaningful music is often made by people who are under-exposed and unrecorded until mid-career. Mike Hackett has been playing and living jazz for over two decades. He has accumu-lated musical and life experiences that give him something to say and a personal voice with which to say it. If you haven’t heard Mike Hackett until now you will find a beautiful combination of soul, lyricism, and story telling in his music. Music is communication and that is what Michael does.
– Pat Harbison
Circles is a brilliant first outing with something for every listener. Especially exciting are the musical twists, turns, and surprises one encounters throughout this wonderful recording… -David Baker (from the liner notes)
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