Bobby Hutcherson 1941-2016

Bobby Hutcherson 1941-2016

The jazz world lost one of the last living legends from the golden age of jazz when Bobby Hutcherson left us at the age of 75. Here are four live performances that I've been going back to this past week as a reminder of what a giant talent Hutcherson was as both a composer and a performer.

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I've Got My Own Album To Do: George Cables - "Cables' Vision"

I've Got My Own Album To Do: George Cables - "Cables' Vision"

George Cables was everywhere during the 1970s, appearing alongside an abundance of legendary players on all manner of jazz albums. Cables' Vision was actually his first outing as a leader, and for the occasion Cables called upon a couple of friends he had played often with in the previous decade, who just also happened to be two legends from jazz's classic period that were still recording on a regular basis. 

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Freddie Hubbard - "A Little Night Music"

Freddie Hubbard - "A Little Night Music"

A Little Night Music was recorded live in 1981 at the Keystone Korner in San Francisco, although it wouldn't see an official release until nearly two years later in 1983. The recording date is significant, as it follows a period of lackluster attempts at commercial recordings by Hubbard for Columbia, none of which can possibly be looked upon as highlights of his long and distinguised discography. Night Music marks a return to "genuine" jazz music for him, and the joy of reuniting with a couple of his former Blue Note cohorts in front of an appreciative audience is clear in his strong playing.

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Bobby Hutcherson - "Montara"

Bobby Hutcherson - "Montara"

I think it's safe to say that in the mid-1960's few people would have picked Bobby Hutcherson to be one of the musicians that would stay with Blue Note deep into the 1970's, but he most certainly did, and he made some amazing records along the way. Montara, from 1975, may very well be the best of the bunch.

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