Grassella Oliphant Quartette - Uptown Hours (1965)
Labor day calls for deep cuts and ol’ dusties.
Bobby Hutcherson and Harold Ousley groove it up in support on drummer Grassella Oliphant’s first of two records as a leader. Listen to a cut from the other one here.
John Gilmore with Bobby Hutcherson during Andrew Hill’s Andrew!!! session, Englewood Cliffs NJ, June 25 1964 (photo by Francis Wolff)
Grant Green - Lazy Afternoon (1965)
Wherever you are, this one’s for you.
Bobby Hutcherson performing in Bergamo Italy, 1977 (photo by Roberto Polillo)
Lee Morgan - The Procrastinator (1967)
This record is a late 60s emerald that languished in the Blue Note vaults, to be dusted off in the 80s via Michael Cuscuna’s meticulous archiving. The session reveals a remarkable gathering of players that included 3/5ths of Miles Davis’ second great quintet: Wayne Shorter and Lee Morgan, reprising their frontline status with the Jazz Messengers, and a rhythm section of Herbie Hancock, vibist Bobby Hutcherson, Ron Carter and Blue Note house drummer Billy Higgins. This band, on any other day, is an all-time all-star event, but for (likely commercial) reasons that will remain with producer Alfred Lion, the session was summarily shelved.
The Hancock solo deserved a better fate!
McCoy Tyner - I Didn’t Know What Time It Was (1968)
Bobby Hutcherson, Herbie Lewis and McCoy Tyner cook well together in many settings. Herbie Lewis stands out on bass in this killer rendition of the Rodgers and Hart standard.
Enjoy your Sunday evening y’all.
Bobby Hutcherson - Mirrors (1963)
Friday afternoon vibes care of Bobby Hutcherson, recorded one month after and with the same personnel as Grant Green’s seminal Idle Moments.
This would have been Bobby Hutcherson’s first LP as a leader for Blue Note, but it wasn’t released until 1999 as part of the Blue Note Connoisseur Series. This Joe Chambers piece offers a premonitory glimpse at the type of sound that Hutcherson and Chambers would cultivate throughout the 60s together.
Bobby Hutcherson (photos by Francis Wolff)
Bobby Hutcherson, during Grant Green’s Idle Moments session, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, November 4 or November 15, 1963 (photo by Francis Wolff)
Bobby Hutcherson - The Kicker (1963)
This bright, soon-to-be-made-famous-by-Horace-Silver tune by Joe Henderson would have featured on Bobby Hutcherson’s first Blue Note LP, recorded just a month and a half after the exact same personnel came together for Grant Green’s groundbreaking Idle Moments. Bummer these tracks didn’t see the light of day for another 36 years.