29 March 2006
BOBBY HUTCHERSON - NOW !
Incredibly righteous work from Bobby Hutcherson -- a rare Blue Note session that features vocals by Eugene McDaniels! The set was recorded right before McDaniels' groundbreaking Headless Heroes album, but it's got a similar sort of vibe -- breaking down genres and musical expectations -- and reaching forth with a powerful progressive sound that's beyond compare! All tracks feature lead vocals by Eugene McDaniels, supported by a small chorus of backing singers -- in a mode that's a bit like some of the Eddie Gale work on Blue Note at the time -- all topped off with some great instrumental work by a core combo that features Hutcherson on vibes, Harold Land on tenor, Wally Richardson on guitar,Candido on congas and Joe Chambers on drums. Imagine the greatness of the Hutcherson/Land group, but with the added bonus of a spiritual soul jazz vocal aspect -- and you've really got a key picture of this one! Like the best work on Strata East, but recorded years before. I'm not a big fan of vocal jazz but this album does it for me every time.Ripped this from the reissue cd as my vinyl copy is nearly worn out!