Al Hirt’s Java; When Instrumentals Were Fun!

Al Hirt: AKA The Round Mound Of Sound.

Al Hirt‘s Java (composed by Allen Toussaint) sold over one million copies. When you mix a catchy melody with virtuosity, the appeal isn’t a surprise. This tune was everywhere! Game show themes, news lead ins, commercials; it was in my ear constantly and I still get it looping in my music mind at the weirdest times.


Al Hirt
was quoted as saying, “I’m not a jazz trumpeter and never was a jazz trumpeter”. Be that as it may, he had monster chops and gave us a real good time whenever we heard his music. Ooo come on now, let’s do that again as we click our way back to 1964 and listen to Java and that honey horn…

Personnel as determined: Al Hirt trumpet.

We were, of course, THE garageband generation.* We started the whole three chord, bass guitar, rhythm guitar, lead guitar and drum thing. Looking back to the music of those times, things seemed to be less complicated but, our desire to get proficient was insatiable. Those of us who couldn’t keep up with the skill needed for the evolving music, simply dropped off the radar. Me? Well, I just couldn’t get enough! Things haven’t changed!

*When a doctor checks out my ears with his scope, this is a HUGE part of what he sees.

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