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Renowned Jazz Vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson Passes Away at Age 75
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Bobby Hutcherson, a preeminent jazz vibraphonist whose advanced flair for melody, warmth, and harmony made him a staple during Blue Note’s heyday during the 1960s early 1970s, passed away Monday at the age of 75 from emphysema. The Los Angeles native was largely self-taught and realized his interest in the instrument after hearing a record of Milt Jackson soloing on Thelonious Monk’s “Bemsha Swing.” Quick, dynamic, lyrical, and nuanced, Hutcherson played not only on acclaimed solo albums but on staples such as Grant Green’s Idle Moments and Eric Dolphy’s Out to Lunch. In 1986, he appeared in the hit film Round Midnight, and in the 2000s, continued to release a series of notable LPs, the last of which, Enjoy the View, came out on Blue Note. As a fitting tribute, the iconic label recently selected Hutcherson’s Components and Total Eclipse for inclusion in its vinyl reissue campaign chronicling the imprint’s 100 essential albums. 

August 17, 2016

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Bobby was smooth
I saw Mr. Hutcherson play at an outdoor theater a few years ago in the middle of a super hot summer. He was dressed to the nines. In a suit straight out of the early 60s. And man, did he ever deliver the goods. I love watching a great vibes player, and he was one of the very best. Listening to "Components" on Tidal right now. Rest in peace.
9/9/2016 6:31 PM
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