I have been rounding out my collection of vibe man Bobby Hutcherson recordings. In the mid '60's, Hutcherson did a series of recordings for Blue Note that ought to be in anyone's jazz library. Here is a list of these recordings with some notes.
- The Kicker (63) Joe Henderson (ts); Duke Pearson (p); Grant Green (g); Bob Cranshaw (b); Al Harewood (d). This might as well have been marketed as a Henderson album. Maybe then Blue Note wouldn't have kept it in the vaults for more than thirty years (1999)! It is a rock solid hard bop date, with fine displays by Henderson and Hutcherson and Pearson. Kicker* may be heard on my Live365 site.
- Dialogue (65) Freddie Hubbard (t); Sam Rivers (ss, ts, f); Andrew Hill (p); Richard Davis (b); Joe Chambers (d). Likewise, this might have been marketed as an Andrew Hill recording, as the pianist composed three of the cuts and it has a very topography. This is Hutcherson's most interesting and inventive recording. It invites obvious comparison with two very great recordings. Hill's Andrew!!! has the same Hill-Davis-Chambers rhythm section. Hutcherson, Hubbard, and Davis appeared on Eric Dolphy's earth shaking recording, Out To Lunch. Hill's 'Les Noirs Marchant' could easily have fit on that album.
ps. I have relied heavily on A Bobby Hutcherson Web Site. What a resource! Would that every jazz artist had this kind of attention paid to him or her.