Five Videos of Bobby Hutcherson


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Bobby Hutcherson was one of the finest vibraphonists of the 1960s. His Blue Note albums remain an adventure into modal jazz and the African-American jazz perspective. Here are five videos of Hutcherson in action over the years. He died in 2016 [photo of Bobby Hutcherson by Francis Wolff (c) Mosaic Images]

Here's the majestically stormy pianist McCoy Tyner and Hutcherson in 1983 performing Walk Spirit, Talk Spirit (from Tyner's 1973 album Enlightenment) and The Seeker (from Tyner's 1980 album Quartets 4x4). They are backed by Arthur Blythe (as), John Blake (v), Avery Sharpe (b) and Ronnie Burrage (d)...

Here's Hutcherson' quintet in Antibes, France, performing Herzog, from one of his finest albums, Total Eclipse (1969). The players are Bobby Hutcherson (vib), Harold Land (ts), Stanley Cowell (p), Reggie Johnson (b) and Joe Chambers (d)...

Here's Hutcherson with Herbie Hancock (p) and Ron Carter (b) in 1985 performing Bouquet, from Hutcheron's 1967 album, Happenings...

Here's Hutcherson with James Newton (fl), Herbie Hancock (p), Ron Carter (b) and Tony Williams (d) in 1985 performing one of Hutcherson's most beautiful jazz standards, Little B's Poem, from his 1966 album, Components...

And here's Hutcherson in 2012 with pianist Kenny Barron performing Dave Brubeck's In Your Own Sweet Way, from Dave's 1956 album Brubeck Plays Brubeck. Hutcherson performed despite suffering from emphysema...

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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