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Bobby Hutcherson
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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All Artists: Bobby Hutcherson
Title: Montara
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Blue Note Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/1975
Re-Release Date: 7/8/2003
Album Type: Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Modern Postbebop, Soul-Jazz & Boogaloo, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 724358419023

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That 70's Thang
Jan P. Dennis | Monument, CO USA | 09/06/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"For sure, this is the strangest Bobby Hutcherson disc in his fine catalog: Electric piano, Latin percussion, a definite psychedelic/Latin/jazz/fusion vibe. Originally recorded in August of 1975, it is just now available on CD in a digitally remastered edition.Can you dig it? Hey, it's the seventies. What else would you expect? Bobby probably wore some righteous bell bottoms and a tight-fitting polyester shirt to these sessions.Called Hutcherson's first all Latin session, it lives up to its billing, and actually contains some very fine playing, once you get over the seventies weirdness. Since Bobby H is hands down my favorite vibes/marimba player (and he esp. shines on the latter instrument), I'd probably pick up anything and everything by him. And although I'm experiencing a kind of jazz/fusion personal renaissance, I still struggle a bit with the sensibility here--too much dated electronics for my taste. Which raises the question: Will Dave Douglas, Brad Mehldau, Matthew Shipp, et. al. sound this dated 25 years from now? Hmmmm. Comprising an almost equal amount of driving Latin-rhythms and gorgeous ballads, this session does have some very special moments like the gorgeous ballad "Love Song" and the medium-tempo "Little Angel."Probably not for everyone, but certainly all those who agree with me that BH is the reigning vibes meistro, as well as those stuck in a seventies fusion time-warp, will want to have it."
I just had to add an extra star , Boby Hutcherson earned it.
Peppino | 01/20/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"..As I wait for WHOEVER has the rights to the Blue Note catalogue to reissue Bobby Hutcherson's finest (IMO) recording, the unheralded and lost in the shuffle "Knucklebean"(w/ George Cables (p), Freddie Hubbard(tpt, flgl),and unsung Manny Boyd (ts) and Eddie Marshall(drs) ,
I see Blue Notes' keepers have reissued MR Hutcherson's LA 70s Latin Jazz set, Montara! Well,as for my dos centavos (and yours, pun intended), costing the "supersaver" budget price,
grab it, for the recording features 2 lovely compositions, worth to shell out the $12 US for these alone! Ay madre ,
if you are a cigarette smoker, this cd is costing but 2 package US cigarettes,
money better spent to hear the lovely ballade "Montara" , and George Cables composition the slow cha-cha ,"Love Song" and keep your lungs carcinogen free and breath kissin' sweet, hehe. As usual, Mr Hutcherson, who, IMO, eclipses the legendary Milt Jackson as the world's finest mallets master (vibes and marimba), a genius of the mallets.
~ The solo work of Bobby Hutcherson appears to have been underappreciated by even the "jazz mafia",
as intricate snaking 8th & 16 note runs NEVER deteriorate into scalework, but caress the melody and , as cliche dictates, "tells a musical story".
(ahhh, but ohhh, scalework~~Oliver Nelson's book, "Patterns for Jazz, abused!)The "contribution" of modern musics schools to the new neoclassical , Marsalis -inspired BIG MAC assembly line musicians (who have gotten so many undeserved recording contracts in the last 20 years),scales and patterns replace lyrical melodic soloing too often in today's jazz"scene", but I fall away from my message) No, no scalework, but lyrical and melodic lines, beautifully conceived. So with the more workman like post Tito Puente items, here a listener is better served to listen to the incendiary 70s recordings of Eddie Palmieri, but there is nothing unlistenable on this cd.100000 stars for the 2 compositions I mention, 2 1/2 stars the rest of the cd....KEEP a lookout for "Knucklebean", and "til then", enjoy and mine the catalogue of Bobby Hutcherson's cd catalogue !"
Brilliant & Amazing; Passionate Vibes; Elegant & Stilish; Pu
Patrick Ergas | Wellington, New Zealand | 11/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This CD is soaring... Every track is beautiful and strong... and shows perfectly how amazingly articulate and splendid the work of this Master of Vibes really is; Bobby Hutcherson at his best there, along with the great performers with him, playing with verve and in perfect harmony, all showing excellence in their very unique and high level of musicianship.
After listening to this very rich blue note album, one can only stay amazed and grateful altogether to have shared in this pure and very pleasurable listening experience. Totally understandable and justified why it is said this on the insert of this album: "Montara is still one of the vibemaster's most sought after gems. Enjoy!"
It's hard to step down, in a way, by possibly be taking the chance... to be listening to something else right after that... as it will probably not be reaching this rare level of artistry shown on this CD's seven most amazing tracks..."