4 July 2006

BOBBY HUTCHERSON - SAN FRANCISCO




Bobby Hutcherson's late-'60s partnership with tenor saxophonist Harold Land had always produced soulful results, but not until San Francisco did that translate into a literal flirtation with funk and rock. After watching several advanced post-bop sessions gather dust in the vaults, Hutcherson decided to experiment with his sound a bit, but San Francisco still doesn't wind up the commercial jazz-funk extravaganza that purists might fear. Instead, Hutcherson and Land stake out a warm and engaging middle ground between muscular funk and Coltrane-style modality; in other words, they have their cake and eat it too. Joined by pianist/keyboardist Joe Sample (also of the Jazz Crusaders), acoustic/electric bassist John Williams, and drummer Mickey Roker, Hutcherson and Land cook up a series of spacious, breezy grooves that sound unlike any other record in the vibist's discography (even his more commercial fusion sessions). The selections -- all group-member originals -- often skirt the edges of fusion, but rarely play it as expected; they might float some spare tradeoffs over a loping, heavy bass groove, throw in an oboe solo by Land, or -- as on the slowest piece -- keep time only with intermittently spaced piano chords. It's all done with enough imagination and harmonic sophistication to achieve the rare feat of holding appeal for traditional jazz and rare-groove fans alike. It's a shame Hutcherson didn't explore this direction more, because San Francisco is not only one of his best albums, but also one of his most appealing and accessible.Steve Huey-AMG


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8 comments:

bacoso said...

http://rapidshare.de/files/24946872/San_Francisco.rar.html

avocado kid said...

sounds good to this groove junkie.

nebu11a said...

Lovin' this blast of Bobby H.!

What a great day for Jazz fans!

Thanks Orgy!

mardu said...

one of my all-time faves. orgyinrhythm is easily the classiest blog out there...keep it up, i love your tastes and thanks for turning me on to some new sounds.

Music For Fun said...

It’s very hot around the SF Bay Area today, maybe this’ll give me a touch of relief, Thanx for sharing it...

Boboon said...

Fantastic :-] This is on Blue Note, released in 1970 for those that are interested...

bacoso said...

yes all the hutchersons i have posted so far are on Bue note - i shall be posting more in the future from his lps on Columbia which are also excellent.might even put some MORE Blue note sessions on as well as you cant get enough of a good thing with Hutcherson.

Salih said...

Brilliant... just brilliant... Great job Orgy