Bobby Hutcherson (1941-2016)

Jazz vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson left the planet yesterday at the age of 75.  The vibraphone is one of my favorite instruments and this dude was the biggest reason.  Of all the names in jazz that I come back to again and again (Miles, Herbie, Bird, Jackie McLean, Art Blakey, Joe Henderson, Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, etc, etc), Hutcherson is WAY up there near the top of the list.  RIP.

Record Scores – August ’14

rw_spiritRobert Walter w/ Gary Bartz
Spirit of ’70
Greyboy Records – 1996

bryant_soul-libRusty Bryant
Soul Liberation
Prestige – 1970

head-onBobby Hutcherson
Head On
Blue Note – 1971

blades_notesWil Blades
Field Notes
Royal Potato Family – 2014

woods_musiquePhil Woods
Musique du bois
Muse Records – 1974

automatorAutomator (Dan the Automator)
A Much Better Tomorrow
75 Ark – 2000


Walt Dickerson
This Is Walt Dickerson
New Jazz – 1961

marshallEddie Marshall
Dance of the Sun
Timeless Muse – 1978


Brown/Roach Inc.
Study In Brown ’55
Trip Jazz

gg_bornGrant Green
Born To Be Blue
Blue Note – 1985

Morning Commute – Jackie McLean – “Action”

If you’re ever looking for a soundtrack to a gorgeous late-summer cool, crisp, and sunny morning drive into work (or anywhere!), let me suggest Jackie McLean’s Action LP on Blue Note.

I revisited some McLean’s 60’s Blue Note releases this week, of which he has several and they are all pretty remarkable. Today’s pick was Action from 1964 that features a quintet including Bobby Hutcherson on vibes. This video is the first song and title track from the album and it was a pretty great way to start my day.  I’m sure somebody could get all descriptive and technical and tell you why this recording is great but I’ll just tell you to check it out.