It was a party they all turned out for. When Bob Haggart, the veteran bassist and composer (“What’s New”), turned 80 in 1994, his buddies showed up in force to celebrate and jam while the Arbors Records tapes rolled. Virtually everyone who was anyone was there: brassmen included Joe Wilder, Randy Sanke, Ruby Braff, and Dan Barrett; reedmen, Kenny Davern, Bob Wilber, Flip Phillips, and Ken Peplowski; pianists, Dick Hyman and Ralph Sutton; guitarists, Bucky Pizzarelli, George Van Eps, and Howard Alden; pianists, Dick Hyman, Ralph Sutton, and Derek Smith; drummers, Jake Hanna and Bobby Rosengarden. In other words, the cream of the traditional jazz crop. And though the great Milt Hinton (84 at the time) and Jack Leshberg were on hand to play bass, Haggart was still very much able to chime in. Even with that overflow of talent, things remain manageable, with the participants set off into compact groups. The playing is consistently inspired, the old friends obviously delighted to be in each other’s company. Haggart passed in 1998 -- at least he lived to experience this superb tribute.