"[Bobby] Hackett is a master of distillation and understatement. For his comment, whatever it may be, is made with the least number of notes, and each one is essential. He has never fallen into the 'etude' fashion, chasing his tail with neurotic arpeggiations. Nor has he felt the need to flex his musical muscles by means of hysterical high notes. He is both a poet and an essayist. He is never aggressive or noisy; rather he is tender and witty. I have never heard him play a phrase I would prefer otherwise."
—Alec Wilder on cornetist and trumpeter Bobby Hackett, from Whitney Balliett's American Musicians: 56 Portraits in Jazz (1986).
Click here to see a videoclip of Bobby and Louis Armstrong in 1970, a year before Louis' death.