Bobby Hutcherson: Spiral [Vinyl 1LP]
Straightahead / Mainstream Jazz
premiera polska: 2021-10-18
kontynent: Ameryka Północna
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Bobby plays vibraphone and marimba here. There is a bewildering range of these percussion idiophones, including vibraphone (or vibraharp – the registered name of one manufacturer of vibraphones), the marimba, xylophone and glockenspiel. The last two feature octave displacement.The marimba is a non-transposing instrument with no octave displacement, unlike the xylophone which sounds one octave higher than written and the glockenspiel which sounds two octaves higher than written. So now you know.
Yo! Holy Vinyl Bonus Tracks! Jasper was recorded in 1965, in the same Englewood Cliffs session as Hutcherson’s superlative definitive Blue Note album Dialogue, but not included on that LP. The song first appeared courtesy of Liberty/United Jazz Classics LT series album in 1979. For this reason alone, Spiral is essential purchase, and cheap as chips compared with Dialogue.
Hutcherson performs as you would expect, great. The added excitement is the presence of Freddie Hubbard, Andrew Hill and Sam Rivers. Sam Rivers is a “bad boy”, given to visceral shrieks and bombast on tenor, aggressive adventurous sorties, his Blue Notes are a must (Fuschia Swing Song) and his adoption of bass clarinet in this session is sheer delight, seriously bad noises, Dolphy looking on from above would approve. Hubbard’s burnished gold tone became adventurous but kept everything grounded. Hill always adds an intellectual dimension to “piano accompaniment”, straying outside conventional melodic boundaries.
Other tracks on Spiral feature dream-team Richard Davis and Joe Chambers and – bubbling, off-centre melodies, a debt here and there to Out To Lunch, Hutcherson weaving cool metallic patterns against Stanley Cowell’s expansive percussive comping.
There is quite a lot of excellent Hutcherson material on a number of these blue-label United Artists titles curated by Michael Cuscuna in the late ’70s. Medina also has a lot of interesting material , but Spiral is the essential one.
Recorded in 1968 but not issued until 1979, Spiral marks the first time that the official lineup of the Bobby Hutcherson-Harold Land Quintet -- which also included pianist Stanley Cowell, bassist Reggie Johnson, and drummer Joe Chambers -- recorded together. (The first Hutcherson-Land album, Total Eclipse, featured Chick Corea on piano.) In one sense, it's understandable why this music stayed on the shelf for over a decade: it didn't fit the late-'60s zeitgeist. It had nothing to do with fusion, and it wasn't aggressively far-out like much of the avant-garde had gotten. Yet, on the other hand, it isn't so understandable -- the music was quite good, often excellent, and the quintet had a knack for making sophisticated, mainstream-leaning modal post-bop sound surprisingly soulful. Hutcherson, Land, Chambers, and Cowell all contribute compositions, making Spiral truly a group effort; Chambers in particular proves once again what an overlooked composer he was, but really, all the pieces are strong. Yet another unimpeachably solid Hutcherson session.
by Steve Huey
Freddie Hubbard (trumpet)
Sam Rivers (tenor, soprano sax, bass clarinet, flute)
Bobby Hutcherson (vibes, marimba)
Andrew Hill (piano)
Richard Davis (bass)
Joe Chambers (drums)
Harold Land (tenor sax)
Bobby Hutcherson (vibes)
Stanley Cowell (piano)
Reggie Johnson (bass)
Joe Chambers (drums)
A1. Ruth (Chambers) 7:52
A2. The Wedding March (Cowell) 3:54
A3. Poor People's March (Land) 6:18
B1. Spiral (Chambers) 6:15
B2. Visions (Hutcherson) 3:50
B3. Jasper (Andrew Hill) 8:29
wydano: 2008-12-19 (1979)
nagrano: recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, April 3, 1965
"Jasper" recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, November 25, 1968
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