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Later: Bobby Hutcherson In The Mid-1970s

Bobby Hutcherson made his first appearance on a Blue Note date in 1963, playing on saxophonist Jackie McLean’s LP One Step Beyond.

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Bobby Hutcherson made his first appearance on a Blue Note date in 1963, playing on saxophonist Jackie McLean’s LP One Step Beyond. In the next 14 years Hutcherson would record 22 albums as a leader for the label and appear as a sideman with musicians such as Joe Henderson, Grant Green, Lee Morgan, McCoy Tyner, and Herbie Hancock, becoming a prominent figure in the avant-bop landscape of the 1960s.

The Blue Note label went through big changes after founding owner Alfred Lion sold the company, and Hutcherson was one of the few classic 1960s artists to stay, along with pianist Horace Silver and trumpeter Donald Byrd. The success of Hutcherson’s tune “Ummh” from his early-1970s album San Francisco led to a renewal of the vibraphonist’s contract with the label, and he went on to record five albums that have now been collected by Mosaic records in a single set, after having been unavailable for decades. During the mid-1970s Hutcherson was able to maintain and lead a strong working group, and to also bring in talented colleagues for studio dates; these albums feature players such as trumpeters Woody Shaw and Freddie Hubbard, saxophonist Harold Land and Manny Boyd, and pianist George Cables. Although Blue Note’s glory days were already past when these records were made, they reflect the intensity of the label’s best work.

Watch Bobby Hutcherson with Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams in 1989, performing “Little B’s Poem”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPmlqQAtIHw

Music Heard On This Episode

Little B's Poem
Bobby Hutcherson — Knucklebean (Blue Note, 1977)
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Little B's Poem
Bobby Hutcherson — Knucklebean (Blue Note, 1977)

Notes: Hutcherson composition. Available on the Mosaic Select compilation.

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Cirrus
Bobby Hutcherson — Cirrus (Blue Note, 1974)

Notes: With Woody Shaw on trumpet and Harold Land on tenor sax. Bobby Hutcherson composition. Available on the Mosaic Select compilation.

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Searchin' the Trane
Bobby Hutcherson — Waiting (Blue Note, 1976)

Notes: Hutcherson composition. Available on the Mosaic Select compilation.

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Houston St., Thursday Afternoon
Bobby Hutcherson — Waiting (Blue Note, 1976)

Notes: Midpoint music bed. Available on the Mosaic Select compilation.

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Prime Thought
Bobby Hutcherson — Waiting (Blue Note, 1976)

Notes: Available on the Mosaic Select compilation.

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Til Then
Bobby Hutcherson — Knucklebean (Blue Note, 1977)

Notes: Hutcherson composition, with Freddie Hubbard on trumpet. Available on the Mosaic Select compilation.

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Knucklebean
Bobby Hutcherson — Knucklebean (Blue Note, 1977)

Notes: With Freddie Hubbard on trumpet. Available on the Mosaic Select compilation.

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Even Later
Bobby Hutcherson — Cirrus (Blue Note, 1974)

Notes: Hutcherson composition. Available on the Mosaic Select compilation.

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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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