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Bobby Hutcherson

Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphonist)
Background information
Born January 27, 1941 (1941-01-27) (age 68)
Origin United States Los Angeles, U.S.
Genres Progressive jazz
Hard bop
Mainstream jazz
Free jazz
Occupations Vibraphonist
Instruments Vibraphone
Years active 1961–present

Bobby Hutcherson (born January 27, 1941, Los Angeles)[1] is a jazz vibraphone and marimba player. His vibraphone playing is suggestive of the style of Milt Jackson in its free-flowing melodicism, but his sense of harmony and group interaction is thoroughly modern. Hutcherson has influenced younger vibraphonists like Steve Nelson, Joe Locke and Stefon Harris. [1]



Attracted foremost to more experimental free jazz and post-bop, Hutcherson made early recordings in this style for the Blue Note label with Jackie McLean, Eric Dolphy, Andrew Hill, Grachan Moncur III, Joe Chambers, and Freddie Hubbard, both as a leader and a sideman. In spite of the numerous avant-garde recordings made during this period however, Hutcherson's first session for Blue Note, The Kicker (1963) (not released until 1999), demonstrates his background in hard bop and the blues, as well as the early session Idle Moments for Grant Green, for example. [1]Many of his later recordings return to this hard bop and less adventurous, soulful sound.[1]

The 1966 Blue Note session, Stick-Up!, featuring saxophonist Joe Henderson, is notable, being the first recorded session Hutcherson made with McCoy Tyner on piano, a lasting association that continues today.[1]

"Little B's Poem" (from his album Components) is one of his best-known compositions.

His 2007 quartet included Renee Rosnes on piano, Dwayne Burno on bass and Al Foster on drums.

Hutcherson appeared as the bandleader in the 1969 film They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, and as Ace in the 1986 film Round Midnight.



As Leader

  • 1963 The Kicker (released 1999)(Blue Note)
  • 1965 Dialogue (Blue Note)
  • 1965 Components (Blue Note)
  • 1966 Happenings (Blue Note)
  • 1966 Stick-Up! (Blue Note)
  • 1967 Oblique (Blue Note)
  • 1968 Patterns (Blue Note)
  • 1968 Total Eclipse (Blue Note)
  • 1968 Medina (Blue Note)
  • 1969 Now! (Blue Note)
  • 1970 San Francisco (Blue Note)
  • 1971 Deep Blue
  • 1971 Head On (Blue Note)
  • 1972 Natural Illusions (Blue Note)
  • 1973 Cookin' with Blue Note at Montreux (Blue Note)
  • 1974 Cirrus (Blue Note)
  • 1974 Linger Lane
  • 1975 Inner Glow (Blue Note)
  • 1975 Montara (Blue Note)
  • 1976 The View from the Inside (Blue Note)
  • 1976 Waiting (Blue Note)
  • 1977 Knucklebean (Blue Note)
  • 1978 Highway One
  • 1979 Conception: The Gift of Love
  • 1979 Un Poco Loco (Blue Note)
  • 1981 Solo/Quartet (OJC)
  • 1982 Farewell Keystone (Evidence)
  • 1983 Four Seasons (Timeless Holland)
  • 1984 Good Bait (Landmark)
  • 1985 Color Schemes (Landmark)
  • 1985 It Ain't Easy (Landmark)
  • 1988 Cruisin' The Bird (Landmark)
  • 1989 Ambos Mundos (Landmark)
  • 1991 Mirage (Landmark)
  • 1992 Landmark (Landmark)
  • 1999 Skyline (Verve)
  • 2004 The Al Grey & Dave Burns Complete Sessions (recorded 1962-63, Lone Hill Jazz)
  • 2007 For Sentimental Reasons (Kind of Blue Records)
  • 2009 Wise One (Kind of Blue Records)

As sideman


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