Roch Lockyer: Hutch
Roch Lockyer (guitar)
Bijoux Barbosa (bass), Mike Marlier (drums).
Composed by Roch Lockyer.
Recorded: Denver, Colorado, November 23, 2008
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Though guitarist Roch Lockyer learned music though "osmosis," as he likes to say, it was not until age 33 that he sought out guitarist Jimmy Bruno to get really educated. "Hutch" opens up with a funny Mike Marlier drum-and-vocal outtake. He rights himself to kick off the piece. Quickly we find ourselves immersed in a blues bebop mix. Heading the tune in that direction, with a touch of funk, are bassist Bijoux Barbosa and pianist Art Lande. The bouncing lines contain plenty of intricate unison playing and scalar runs. Lockyer is a fine player above and beyond his technique and ideas. His choice of tone here is borderline muddy, which gives "Hutch" a deeper quality. Drummer Marlier leads the band into a swinging section before Lockyer, Lande and Barbosa take effective solos. The engaging melody returns as foil to more unison playing and interplay. "Hutch" is a fun yet challenging number. Lockyer has surrounded himself, and his composition, with a highly skilled unit that can play music of high caliber no sweat.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky