21 June 2007

BOBBY HUTCHERSON - TOTAL ECLIPSE























This is the last of my Hutcherson posts for the time being but there will be more in the future.Total Eclipse is pretty hard to find nowadays and I don't think it ever made a cd issue.I first posted it in September last year but I have ripped it again from the original vinyl @320.
Total Eclipse was Bobby Hutcherson's first recording session with tenor saxophonist Harold Land, who became one of his major collaborators (and a quintet co-leader) during the late '60s. Land's rounded, echoing tone is a nice contrast for the coolly cerebral post-bop that fills Total Eclipse. Hutcherson contributes four of the five compositions (the other, "Matrix," is by pianist Chick Corea), and he's in a mood to intellectually challenge himself and the rest of the quintet, which also includes bassist Reggie Johnson and longtime drummer Joe Chambers. The results are full of the sort of skillful musicianship one would naturally expect of Hutcherson's '60s-era Blue Notes. Land's solo lines are fluid and lengthy, assimilating some of Coltrane's innovations while remaining accessibly soulful. Though they're all pretty strong, "Pompeian" is the most ambitious piece; it opens with a happy-go-lucky, waltz-time flute melody, and after a bit of foreboding, Hutcherson expands upon it with a tinkling bell solo. Toward the end of the piece, the whole group builds to a chaotic eruption, with Hutcherson switching to marimba (as he often did when he wanted a darker tone and high-tempo articulation); the pretty flute theme is then repeated as the dust settles and the piece ends. Overall, though, the album foreshadows Hutcherson's move away from his explicit avant-garde leanings and into a still-advanced but more structured modernist framework. For some reason, Total Eclipse was the only post-bop-styled album Hutcherson and Land recorded together that was released at the time; though they're all high-quality, this remains perhaps the best of the lot. ~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide Francis Wolff Producer Michael Cuscuna Producer Bobby Hutcherson Vibes Reggie Johnson Bass Duke Pearson Producer Chick Corea Piano Harold Land Flute, Sax Joe Chambers Drums

13 comments:

David Federman said...

Thanks for the Bobby Hutcherson shares. Mosaic did the world a huge favor with its recent 3-CD set, but there are still treasures that need reissue on CD. This is one of them.

LC said...

It's a great record. However, Blue Note reissued it on CD in 1989 (I bought it then). Thanks!

RobSteady said...

Thanks! But what's going on with your turntable? There's always this strange sound in the background.

bacoso said...

robsteady-the fucking feedback i thought i had got rid of has returned on this post.I normally check em while ripping but didnt on this occasion.Have you noticed it on others as the burners been in and out of the menders and i thought the problem was fixed?
lc-yea i remember now you mention it -bet that cd is worth a bit now!

Clio said...

Thanks for the Bobby frenzy. When I first discovered OIR I arrived too late for many of these posts. Since then my appreciation for his music has only grown, so it's great to hear all of these...

Prof. Schooliosis, the Crooked MixMaster said...

Thanks for all the great Hutch sides. My favorite has always been Components, especially Joe Chambers suite of piecs in the second half of the record. I have been looking for Montara for some time. Do you ever see this pop up?

Ricky said...

this blog is incredible. a real musical education. thank you.

Vroom said...

this site is a jewel. Any chance of a clean tip of TE?

murplej@ne said...

this site is a jewel indeed. thanks for this lovely album mate :)

Tenor Freak said...

A great album - download now!

orleyfarm said...

I missed this the first time around, and I wonder if you could re-post it, as you kindly did with "The Peace Maker."
Hopefully,
Eric

Art Simon said...

Here's Total Eclipse:
http://rapidshare.com/files/179266007/Total_Eclipse.zip
Now someone needs to put Patterns up!

L said...

I know this is a pretty old entry but i wanted to say thank you so very much for this post and to whoever re-posted the album. My dad has been trying to hunt down the blue note cd forever. Now, I have my Christmas present! He's going to flip.