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January 9, 2008

"Components" - Bobby Hutcherson

My main love for Bobby Hutcherson is his ability to successfully and convincingly cross over to many styles of jazz.  Whether it's the "new sounds" playing with Archie Shepp in Newport, or Eric Dolphy's "Out To Lunch," or cookin' on the soul jazz sessions of Big John Patton, or his post bop dates with Andrew Hill or McCoy Tyner, he plays strong all around.  "Components" takes us into the popular post bop sounds of the mid 60s.  Undoubtedly, Hancock and Carter are comfortable setting a rhythm platform and Joe Chambers swings on the drums.  I particullarly love "Little B's Poem" and "West 22nd Street Theme."  Some how in my head, these melodies automatically create images of urban New York during this period. You then have cuts like "Movement," which turns into a free form improvising setting, reminding us how universal Hutcherson is.
1965, Blue Note.

B.Hutcherson - Marimba, Vibraphone; F.Hubbard - Trumpet; H.Hancock - Organ, Piano; J.Spaulding - Flute, Sax (Alto); J.Chambers - Drums; R.Carter - Bass

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