Possibly the greatest vibraphonist of the free-jazz generation, Los Angeles-born Bobby Hutcherson (1941), who relocated to New York in 1961, played on Jackie McLean’s ‘One Step Beyond‘ (1963) and ‘Destination Out‘ (1963), as well as on Eric Dolphy’s ‘Conversations‘ (1963) and ‘Out to Lunch‘ (1964), before making this fantastic album ‘Dialogue‘ (april 1965), the album that set the pace for the rest of his creative career. For his first album as a leader, Hutcherson gathered a sextet to play music that straddled the border between hard-bop and free-jazz.
The title ‘Dialogue’ perfectly describes the approach this group takes. They continually interact and feed off each other with amazing results. In the great tradition of ensemble jazz, individual talents are allowed to shine but only within the framework of the greater whole. Hutcherson is only the de facto leader, as Andrew Hill and Joe Chambers composed the themes and Hill did the arrangements that provide the take-off point for the group.
Originally issued on the album ‘Spiral’ and now a bonus track on ‘Dialogue’, ‘Jasper’ is more of a straight ahead blues that includes some tremendous soloing by both Rivers and Hubbard.
Bobby Hutcherson - Vibraphone Sam Rivers - Tenor Saxophone Freddie Hubbard - Trumpet Andrew Hill - Piano Richard Davis - Bass Joe Chambers - Drums
love me some vibes. freddie’s trumpet solo on this is pretty fantastic. the soloing on this track is so full of freedom within the expanding boundaries of chord structure, I can feel the excitement that comes with stepping into unknown territory.
hit the nail right on the head: definitely a great blend of hard bop and free jazz.
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