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Bobby Hutcherson, 1941 – 2016



Bobby Hutcherson, the most eminent postbop jazz vibraphonist who helped define the sound of Blue Note Records during the 1960’s and 70’s, has died.  Described by contemporary vibes player Stefon Harris as “by far the most harmonically advanced person to ever play the vibraphone,” his career included the release of more than 40 albums as leader, and as a prominent sideman on many great records, including Eric Dolphy’s classic Out to Lunch and Jackie McLean’s One Step Beyond.  I saw him many years ago at Kimball’s in Oakland (long since shuttered), an exciting set that, if memory serves, included Harold Land on tenor saxophone.  He played with Dolphy, McLean, Andrew Hill, Freddie Hubbard, Dexter Gordon (who he appeared with in the film ‘Round Midnight), McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, Lee Morgan, Blue Mitchell, Charles Lloyd…and on and on and on.  He was an amazing contributor to the music and its spirit.

To read Nate Chinen’s New York Times obituary of Hutcherson, click here

Read his Wikipedia page by clicking here



Check out Hutcherson playing on Dolphy’s “Out to Lunch”


Playing “Moments Notice” with McCoy Tyner


With Harold Land