The elder statesman of the vibraphone and the fastest gun in organ town don't seem like ideal partners on paper, but on record they gel quite well. Blue Note vibraphone icon Bobby Hutcherson and the fleet-fingered Joey DeFrancesco initially teamed up for the organist's Organic Vibes (Concord, 2006), and their chemistry was so strong that they couldn't just let that be a one-off pairing. Somewhere In The Night finds them sharing stage space while entertaining adoring fans at Jazz At Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in the fall of 2009. Hutcherson gets top billing this time, but the ...read more
Recently named NEA Jazz Master, Bobby Hutcherson has an extensive discography, though opportunities to record as a leader have slowed a good bit since the dawn of the 21st century. Hutcherson is still very much an important vibraphonist, as this excellent tribute to John Coltrane reveals. All nine songs were either written or recorded by Coltrane, though Hutcherson's choice of instrumentation deliberately moves away from the jazz master's typical groups. Guitarist Anthony Wilson takes the place of a second reed instrument while pianist Joe Gilman and drummer Eddie Marshall both have a lighter style of playing in comparison to McCoy ...read more
Grachan Moncur III Evolution Blue Note 1963 John Coltrane / Archie Shepp New Thing At Newport Impulse 1965 Bobby Hutcherson Head On Blue Note 1971 Bobby Hutcherson is now comfortably ensconced in jazz history as one of the great vibraphonists of the post-Milt Jackson generation. He has amassed a large discography that demonstrates his melodic and compositional skills and flawless technique. It's frequently forgotten that in ...read more
A brilliant addition to Blue Note's Connoisseur series, Head On not only resuscitates vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson's fascinating but obscure 1971 album of the same name, it also--with 43 minutes of previously unissued material--reveals another album altogether, made during the second half of the same three-day session, of the same high quality but with a markedly different feel.
Both albums feature Hutcherson's regular quintet of the time--with tenor saxophonist Harold Land and trumpeter Oscar Brashear--augmented by horns and percussion arranged by pianist Todd Cochran. Both are adventurous conceptions reflecting the era's restless search for new ideas and new directions. ...read more
Bobby Hutcherson says that he always wanted to record an album of ballads and love songs. That dream has been realized with this recording, which he calls his love record. It comes across as more; it is a love-in for the listener as well.
Hutcherson is a player who makes every note count, whose every touch of the mallet makes the vibraphone sing. His instinct makes the music glow as he fills it with his fervent passion without letting the cup of emotion spill over.
Hutcherson has a compatriot of the spirit in pianist Renee Rosnes. She is articulate and ...read more
How easy is it to fall for this gentle recording of ballads and love songs? Vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson chooses cherished songs from his youth to deliver one gorgeous session of music.
The jazz faithful know many sides of Hutcherson. There's the Blue Note sideman of the 1960s sprinting with the hard bop young lions Hank Mobley, Grant Green and Freddie Hubbard. Then there is the new Thing maverick, accompanying Andrew Hill, Eric Dolphy and Jackie McLean. There are those who cherish his standing toe-to-toe with the fierceness of Harold Land's horn. Certainly some of you will have a ...read more
The 1970s are often disparaged as an era dominated by fusion and disco, which is largely true. But there was also some excellent, innovative jazz being made. Unfortunately, owing to the commercial realities of the day--and many subsequent days--some of the best '70s jazz has remained unreleased or available only to the most intrepid of fans. Case in point: Bobby Hutcherson's mid-1970s output for Blue Note, much of which has never been issued on CD in the US. But thanks to the team at Mosaic Records, five of the great vibraphonist's long-lost albums can now be heard ...read more