Bobby Hutcherson: Skyline
Kenny Garrett and Bobby Hutcherson make a fine pair of conversationalists. Their imaginations run wild and there’s a little fire in everything they accomplish; yet both are lyrical and offer seamless phrases. Their alternating improvised solo work on "I Only Have Eyes for You" is quite similar in approach. Both leave a little space here and there, leaving traces of the familiar melody for the listener to recognize, while moving freely around the chords. Hutcherson’s "Pomponio," a Latin jazz dazzler, lets marimba and alto sax stretch out over the rhythm section’s powerful son montuno. Geri Allen tosses out fluid phrases that ripple over the percussive keyboard; her interludes, particularly on "Delilah," "Candle," and "Chan’s Song," make a welcome addition. John Towner Williams’ "Love Theme from Superman" is included to emphasize lush lullaby harmonies from both pianist and vibraphonist. Christian McBride drives the unit with an overt pulse that is particularly effective through his rhythmic Latin solo on "Tres Palabras." Al Foster’s consistent performance is highlighted on "Pomponio," as he drops bombs and flirts with the various metallic textures of his drum set. Hutcherson has the track record to back up this stellar performance, so another great session comes as no surprise. Recommended.
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Personnel: Bobby Hutcherson- vibes, marimba on "Delilah" and "Pomponio"; Kenny Garrett- alto saxophone; Geri Allen- piano; Christian McBride- acoustic bass; Al Foster- drums.
Record Label: Verve Music Group