Bobby Hutcherson/Maiden Voyage/Happenings
Friday, April 30, 2010
I have stopped downloading from iTunes' store. They rarely have the best deals, but that isn't the real problem. Anything I store in their format can't be converted into MP3s. This matters because the cd player in my RAV4 can read MP3 discs. I like to load it with hours of music and listen to bits of that when I go for red potatoes or a bottle of Johnny Walker. But I keep getting that message that I can't burn anything Apple has sold me or touched.
Amazon has a lot more music, better deals, and you get honest MP3 files. Yesterday I found another Bobby Hutcherson recording, Happenings, for about four bucks on Amazon. I gather that this CD is no longer available in plastic. The Penguin Guide (may it be praised!) mentions it but doesn't list it. I have little patience for the music industry when it fails to make such recordings available for download. Amazon has this one, with a Hutcherson/Herbie Hancock team up, with Bob Cranshaw and Joe Chambers. It's a beautiful piece of work, and four dollars is about what I think a recording should cost. Especially a recording that has been sitting in the vaults for decades.
I have already mentioned Hutcherson's wonderful disc Stick-Up! That is also available from Amazon for a handful of bucks. Here is a sample from Happenings, one of Hancock's great compositions.
Enjoy. And if you do, for goodness's sake go to Amazon and download them. You can't get a magazine for this price, and you won't be throwing this stuff into the recycling bin.