Bobby Hutcherson: I Am In Love


I Am In Love



Mirage (32 Jazz 32214)

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Bobby Hutcherson (vibes), Tommy Flanagan (piano), Peter Washington (bass), Billy Drummond (drums).

Composed by Cole Porter


Recorded: New York, February 15 & 18, 1991


Rating: 97/100 (learn more)

The 1968 Monterey Jazz Festival presented a concert entitled "A Generation of Vibers" (a nod to Philip Wylie), featuring Red Norvo, Milt Jackson, Cal Tjader, and the two emerging vibraphone stars of the 1960s, Gary Burton and Bobby Hutcherson. The latter's Blue Note recordings during those years revealed an individual stylist and prolific and accomplished composer. His distinctive chime-like sound, and his adventurous and technically proficient improvisations, which displayed effective use of space, attention to dynamics, and a creative way of sustaining and damping notes, all combined to give jazz one of its next major players. Hutcherson continued to refine his style to the point where every note seemed essential and every phrase and flight of fancy seemed to fall in place perfectly, and his interpretation of beautiful melodies both old and new became unbeatable. (He has also proven to be a masterful marimba player.)

On Mirage, his first-ever encounter with the distinguished Tommy Flanagan, Hutcherson chose a rare Cole Porter tune, "I Am in Love," for the diverse program, and his performance is an example of, and testament to, his brilliance. He offers an ardent reading of the theme and a soaring, exciting and spellbinding solo before Flanagan and bassist Peter Washington add their own impressive statements. Hutcherson has the last word, a priceless, highly embellished exploration of Porter's melody that differs vastly, due to its greater amplification, from the vibraphonist's more deliberate opening run-through.

Reviewer: Scott Albin

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