Bobby Hutcherson, one of the greatest vibists in jazz, had been a member of the Blue Note family since 1963 and he was one of the last artists to leave the label before it shut down in 1980. The '70s was a rough decade for pure jazz; funk and fusion had taken over the jazz market. The five albums in this collection, recorded between 1974 and 1977, were among the overlooked victims of that era. Each is a straight-ahead, small-group studio session and each contains a superb cast and excellent, varied compositions. Personnel:
(A) Bobby Hutcherson, vibes, marimba; Woody Shaw, trumpet
Harold Land & Manny Boyd, tenor sax, flute; Bill Henderson, piano, electric piano
Ray Drummond, bass; Larry Hancock, drums; Kenneth Nash, percussion.
Recorded at Wally Heider Studios, Los Angeles on April 17 & 18. 1974.
Originally issued as CIRRUS (Blue Note BNLA257)
(B) Bobby Hutcherson, vibes, marimba; Oscar Brashear, trumpet; Thurman Green
trombone; Harold Land, tenor sax; Dwight Dickerson, piano: Kent Brinkley, bass;
Larry Hancock, drums.
Recorded at United Artists Recording Studios, Los Angeles on March 24 & 25, 1975
Originally issued as INNER GLOW (Blue Note (Japan) GXF-3073)
(C) Bobby Hutcherson, vibes, marimba; Manny Boyd, soprano sax; tenor sax
George Cables, piano; James Leary III, bass; Eddie Marshall, drums; Kenneth Nash, percussion.
On "Waiting," Manny Boyd, Hadley Caliman and Mguanda Dave Johnson, flutes are added.
Recorded at Different Fur Music Studios, San Francisco on February 24-26, 1976
"Convergence" originally issued on FORTY YEARS OF JAZZ - HISTORY OF BLUE NOTE, BOX 5 (Blue Note (Holland) 1A158-83401/4)
All other titles originally issued on WAITING (Blue Note BNLA615)
(D) Bobby Hutcherson, vibes; Manny Boyd, soprano sax, tenor sax;
Larry Nash, piano, electric piano; James Leary III, bass; Eddie Marshall, drums.
Recorded at Wally Heider Studios, San Francisco on August 4-6, 1976
Originally issued as THE VIEW FROM THE INSIDE (Blue Note BNLA710)
(E) Bobby Hutcherson, vibes, marimba; Freddie Hubbard, trumpet; Manny Boyd, soprano & tenor sax
Hadley Caliman, tenor sax, flute; George Cables, piano, electric piano; James Leary III, bass;
Eddie Marshall, drums.
Recorded at Wally Heider Studios, San Francisco on March 1-3, 1977
Originally issued as KNUCKLEBEAN (Blue Note BNLA789)
01. Rosewood (A)
02. Even Later (A)
03. Wrong Or Right (A)
04. Zuri Dance (A)
05. Cirrus (A)
06. Cowboy Bob (B)
07. Searchin' The Trane (B)
08. Inner Glow (B)
09. Roses Poses (B) DISC TWO
01. Boodaa (B)
02. Waiting (C)
03. Prime Thought (C)
04. Roses Poses (C)
05. Don't Be Afraid (To Fall In Love Again) (C)
06. Searchin' The Trane (C)
07. Hangin' Out (With You) (C)
08. Convergence (Coming In Again) (C)
09. Later, Even (D)
10. Houston St., Thursday Afternoon (D)DISC THREE
01. Same, Shame (D)
02. Love Can Be Many Things (D)
03. Song For Annie (D)
04. Laugh, Laugh Again (D)
05. For Heaven's Sake (D)
06. Why Not (E)
07. Sundance Knows (E)
08. So Far, So Good (E)
09. Little B's Poem (E)
10. 'Til Then (E)
11. Knucklebean (E)