18 June 2007

BOBBY HUTCHERSON - UN POCO LOCO
























Bobby Hutcherson for Columbia from 1979.
Musicians: Bobby Hutcherson (vibes & marimba), John Abercrombie (acoustic & electric guitars), George Cables (electric & acoustic pianos), Chuck Domanico (electric & acoustic basses), Peter Erskine (drums & percussion).
Here's a positive write up from J. Levinson (Media, PA USA)


The presence of George Cables electric piano, Chuck Domanico's electric bass, and John Abercrombie's electric guitar defines this set as late 70's fusion. Along with Bobby's elegant vibes and Peter Erskine's progressive drum approach, the preponderance of eclectric instruments produce a controlled dynamic that glides along very smoothly, even as the solos display advanced technique. The title track, one of Bud Powell's greatest bop compositions, sounds perfectly modern with this treatment, as if it were written just today. This excellent set has enough harmonic complexity to satisfy mainstream jazz listeners, yet is refined enough to have appeal to smooth jazz and fusion fans as well. At under 40 minutes, the recording time seems brief by modern standards, as it always seems to end too fast whenever I listen to it.
And here's a fairly dismissive review from Jazzreview.com

The late 1970s and early 1980s were a problematic time for jazz recordings, particularly those released on the so-called major labels. The Fusion steamroller was still flattening the recording careers of scores of mainstream musicians, with the big boys like Columbia, Polydor, Warner Bros., and RCA Victor seemingly always on the prowl for the next Return to Forever, Mahavishnu Orchestra, or Weather Report. Disco had reared its over-coifed head, and more than a few creative players hauled out the polyester and gold chains to pay the rent. Even the gritty and sour-sweet Jackie McLean momentarily tumbled into the chasm with 1979’s ill-advised Monuments.
Vibraphone and marimba player Bobby Hutcherson had cut his swan song for the floundering Blue Note Records with 1977’s Knucklebean. He moved on to Columbia with the syrupy Highway One (featuring large string and horn sections) in 1978, and the even blander Conception: The Gift of Love (with a 13-piece horn section) in 1979. His third album, Un Poco Loco – originally Columbia 36402 – released in 1980, was a notch or two more inspired than the preceding pair, but pretty insipid compared to the classic Blue Notes from the 1960s.
Part of the difficulty lies in the choice of instrumentation and the quality of the engineering. The combination of vibes or marimba with electric piano, electric guitar, and electric bass is a tad too tinkly for comfort. There’s precious little bottom in the recorded sound, and Domanico’s bass – particularly the electric – has little presence; even when he switches to the stand-up there’s no air, no wood, no resonance in the reproduction. Perhaps the dreaded direct-feed is to blame. Engineers seemed to have no clue how to correctly record the rich overtones of strings during this period. Hutcherson’s instruments fare a little better, but there’s none of the richly detailed ring and hanging-in-air timbre so commonplace on the Blue Notes. Abercrombie tends to concentrate most of his attention on the treble range of the guitars as well, and the engineer emasculates Erskine’s kick and toms, leaving a wash of ill-defined snare and cymbals. Things pick up considerably when Cables switches to the acoustic piano, but it’s a case of too little, too late. The session cries out for instrumentation with real heft, or at least an engineer who could translate bass and drums to recording tape with the bite and balls of Rudy Van Gelder.
Highlights include the limber Bud Powell title cut, with Cables on acoustic and Hutcherson taking a tasty marimba solo, Bobby’s catchy “I Wanna Stand Over There” – which is reminiscent of “500 Miles High” – with a fluid Cables acoustic solo and relatively adventurous Hutcherson on vibes, and a brief but gutsy Abercrombie acoustic solo – replete with guttural vocal exclamations – on Jack DeJohnette’s lovely “Silver Hollow.”

Reissued but now deleted on cd and tough to find-this is ripped from the original vinyl @320

12 comments:

Yair said...

Plainly fantastic!
Just like all of your posts.
Thanks very very much!

Yair said...

Plainly fantastic!
Just like all of your posts.
Thanks very very much!

vesper said...

what a series, it's becoming unreal here

bacoso said...

Jazz-Neko has been good enough to rip and upload this superb Japanese cd compilation of some wonderful Bobby Hutcherson gems.Compiled by Mitsuru Ogawa for Blue Note and here's the track listing:

1. MONTARA
2. LITTLE B'S POEM
3. MAIDEN VOYAGE
4. EFFI
5. HELLO TO THE WIND
6. GOIN' DOWN SOUTH
7. RAIN EVERY THURSDAY
8. LAUGH,LAUGH AGAIN
9. 8/4 BEAT
10. WRONG OR RIGHT
11. NTU
12. ROSES POSES
13. INNER GLOW


http://rapidshare.com/files/38026968/esbh.part1.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/38027014/esbh.part2.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/38027184/esbh.part3.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/38027135/esbh.part4.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/38027022/esbh.part5.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/38026942/esbh.part6.rar

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !!!
Big Thanks to Jazz-Neko .

Please note these are Flac files.

Rab Hines said...

New to me, thanks

Seth Watter said...

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Best,

Seth Watter
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Licorice Pizza said...

Very nice to be on the edge of the past? LP

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chuchuni said...

thanx so much, JN and Bacoso !

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ThorZeen said...

I just love Bobby. Thanks for sharing.

ThorZeen

Art Simon said...

Thanks Bacoso, and thanks Jazz-Neko. I'm still groovin' on the amazing Live at Nemu Jazz Inn with Gary Bartz. Thanks, I can't say enough!