Skip to comments.Bobby Hutcherson, Vibraphonist With Coloristic Range of Sound, Dies at 75
Posted on 08/16/2016 2:16:40 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Bobby Hutcherson, one of the most admired and accomplished vibraphonists in jazz, died on Monday at his home in Montara, Calif. He was 75.
Marshall Lamm, a spokesman for Mr. Hutchersons family, confirmed the death, saying Mr. Hutcherson had long been treated for emphysema.
Mr. Hutchersons career took flight in the early 1960s, as jazz was slipping free of the complex harmonic and rhythmic designs of bebop. He was fluent in that language, but he was also one of the first to adapt his instrument to a freer postbop language, often playing chords with a pair of mallets in each hand.
He released more than 40 albums and appeared on many more, including some regarded as classics, like Out to Lunch, by the alto saxophonist, flutist and bass clarinetist Eric Dolphy, and Mode for Joe, by the tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson.
Both of those albums were a byproduct of Mr. Hutchersons close affiliation with Blue Note Records, from 1963 to 1977. He was part of a wave of young artists who defined the labels forays into experimentalism, including the pianist Andrew Hill and the alto saxophonist Jackie McLean. But he also worked with hard-bop stalwarts like the tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon, and he later delved into jazz-funk and Afro-Latin grooves.
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“Love Song” is one of my favourite tunes from him. I’ve tried my favourite vinyl shop in looking for the album that it is on, but to no avail. RIP, his music will always live on.
Aw, I love the vibraphone. I’m sure he’ll be missed.
Never was real big on vibes as a solo jazz instrument, but Hutcherson was good at it and had a great career.
Insert "That's racist" meme
Listen to Lionel Hampton and Milt Jackson, too.
Gary Burton (yeah, I know), is my favorite.
Thanks for that link. Wow, some talent.
Made me think of beanie-clad beatniks snapping their fingers.... oh yeah man.
“Made me think of beanie-clad beatniks snapping their fingers.... oh yeah man”
Nah - this is beatnik.
Actually, this would be more like beatnik jazz -
Here is Bobby with Grant Green and Joe Henderson on the exquisite “Idle Moments”:
I saw Mr. Hutcherson at the Lion’s Share in San Anselmo, CA (north of SF) in 1973.
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