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NEA Jazz Master Bobby Hutcherson makes his triumphant return to Blue Note Records, where the virtuoso vibraphonist started his career in the early '60s, with the superb album, Enjoy the View. The vibrant session is produced by Blue Note president Don Was and will be released on June 24 as a significant event in the label's 75th anniversary yearlong celebration. Recorded by an all-star collective of saxophonist David Sanborn and organist Joey DeFrancesco, and featuring drummer Billy Hart, the Hutcherson-sparked group plays seven original compositions that range from cool, gentle grooves to fiery outbursts of exuberance.
Personnel: David Sanborn (saxophone); Joey DeFrancesco (trumpet, organ); Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone).
Audio Mixer: Frank Wolf.
Recording information: Metal Works Studio, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada; Ocean Way Studios, Hollywood, CA.
Photographer: Scott Chernis.
Bobby Hutcherson's 2014 album, Enjoy the View, finds the vibraphonist joining forces with saxophonist David Sanborn, organist Joey DeFrancesco, and drummer Billy Hart on a set of swinging, funky, and adventurous songs. In a similar vein to Sanborn's more straight-ahead acoustic collaboration with keyboardist Bob James, 2013's Quartette Humaine, Enjoy the View eschews Hutcherson and Sanborn's more contemporary leanings for a visceral hard bop and soul-jazz-influenced sound. This is expansive, highly engaging music that harks back to the best of Hutcherson's '60s and '70s work. ~ Matt Collar
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