Reviews that mention Bobby Hutcherson

February 11, 2019

Eric Dolphy

Musical Prophet
Resonance Records HCD-2035

Dealing with a musical project like this is for instance not unlike how a scholar would approach a new edition of Marcel Proust’s À la recherche du temps if heretofore unpublished material and alternate drafts were included in the publication.

Attractively recorded and packaged, including a 98-page booklet featuring interviews with the peers and musical descendents of Eric Dolphy (1928-1964) Musical Prophet includes a three-CD set consisting intact of two of the multi-instrumentalist’s most iconic 1963 LPs: Iron Man and Conversations; an entire disc of seven previously unissued alternate takes from the same sessions; plus three previous unissued bonus tracks. There are two takes of the formerly unknown “Muses for Richard Davis”, a duet between Dolphy on bass clarinet and bassist Davis from the same session that produced the long celebrated “Ode to Charlie Parker” and “Alone Together” tracks on the original LPs, plus a real oddity from the next year, 3½ months before Dolphy untimely death. It features the reedist as part of a New Music/improvised performance from Ann Arbor where his horns were used as contrapuntal voices on a composition by pianist Bob James, then still an experimenter and long before he became the Roger Williams of Smooth Jazz, with the other players bassist Ron Brooks, drummer Robert Pozar and countertenor (!) David Schwartz. MORE

July 7, 2003


John Hicks
Evidence ECD -22224

Notwithstanding published and widely broadcast televised reports, mainstream jazzers weren’t like the Free French in the Second World War and didn’t suddenly appear from hiding when the Young Lions vanquished the fusion and avant-garde usurpers circa 1990.

On the contrary, jazzers of every age group were often suckers for a good melody and straightforward rhythm, and even before that magic date many included so-called standards in their set lists. Shockingly enough for the Marsalis crowd, on their own volition many players enjoyed many forms of music and moved back and forth between them. Thus Joe Henderson recorded with electric instruments and Archie Shepp offered programs of blues and ballads. MORE