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Goodbye Bobby

Bobby Hutcherson
Page added Aug 26, 2016 Updated Sep 1, 2016

Mal pays tribute to the late great vibes player Bobby Hutcherson. We'll hear a selection of his work as both a leader and a sideman.

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Bobby Hutcherson was considered to be one of the greatest jazz vibraphonists and marimba players of all time, alongside names like Milt Jackson and Gary Burton. He made his recording debut in 1960 with Les McCann, before going on to work extensively with Blue Note Records as a leader and a sideman. He appeared on classics including Eric Dolphy's masterpiece Out To Lunch (1964), Jackie McLean's One Step Beyond (1963), and McCoy Tyner's Time For Tyner (1967). He also lead his own sessions on the iconic label, recording memorable albums such as Dialogue (1965), and Stick-Up! (1968).

Hutcherson returned home to the West Coast in the late 60s, and went on to work with Harold Land, as well as a budding list of youngsters including Chick Corea and Stanley Cowell. The 80s and 90s saw Hutcherson continue to produce a strong line-up of records on Landmark, Atlantic and Verve, and in the early 2000s, he became an inaugural member of the SFJAZZ Collective.

On this episode, we'll hear two Hutcherson albums - Happenings and Knucklebean - plus some of his work with Andrew Hill. And don't forget, the tributes continue this week on Thursday Night Live, with Bobby Hutcherson's 1973 Montreux Jazz Festival set. There's also music from pianist Monty Alexander tracked live, and a vintage Jazztrack recording with Christine Sullivan in 2001.

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Aug 27, 2016. 5:00pm - 6:50pm
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Bobby Hutcherson (January 27, 1941 – August 15, 2016), Los Angeles was a jazz vibraphone and marimba player. "Little B's Poem" (from the album Components) is one of his best-known compositions. Hutcherson has influenced younger vibraphonists including Steve Nelson, Joe Locke and Stefon Harris. Biography: Early life and career: Bobby Hutcherson was born to Eli, a master mason, and Esther, a...

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On Aug 29, 2016. 5:19pm
ABC Jazz said

Thanks for sharing - yes, Jessica Nicholas also paid tribute to Toots on her show: http://abcjazz.net.au/programs/jessica-nicholas/nordic-heights

And sad to hear about Rudy Van Gelder too...

On Aug 28, 2016. 11:40pm
Anonymous said

Well Bobby is not the only famous Jazz musician who passed away. Toots Thielemanns the belgian-american Jazz guitarist and harmonia player left this planet as well. His funeral took place at La Hulpe Saturday the 27th of August. Not only the Belgian prime minister was at the funeral ceremony but well know musicians like Philip Catherine and other. I wonder if you will homage this great musician who composed e. g. Bluesette and played with Stan Getz, Astrid Gilberto and other. Greetings ferdinand for jazz'halo

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