Friday, May 21, 2010

Bobby Hutcherson - "Conception: The Gift Of Love" 1979

I purchased this album the week it was released, and at the time was not all that thrilled with the Vibes as a form of musical expression.  But after several listens to this LP and to Roy Ayers and Milt Jackson (over time), I have really learned to appreciate the musicality and expression of the vibes in jazz.  The music on this LP has great energy and warmth, it's hard to believe that this music still has never been released to CD after so many years...?  There are several Bobby Hutcherson releases, but this LP is not one of them.
On this LP there are several notable sidemen featured: Hubert Laws on flute and Jon Faddis on trumpet along with Urbie Green on trombone.  As the title suggests, Bobby Hutcherson and his wife are having a baby...and he states on the liner notes that playing and writing this music gratifies like no other time before.  He mentions that he is still a "bopper" at heart (referring to Be-Bop), and the music on the release is at its core Be-Bop, however, he is "playing with more sophisticated rhythms (like more 6/8) and new harmonic structures and melodic concepts".

With that I hope that you enjoy, my favorites are "No Siree Bob" and "Dark Side-Light Side", but all the cuts are very notable.  The music fidelity is above average too!

Bass - James Leary
Drums - Eddie Marshall (2) 
Flute - Hubert Laws 
Percussion - Bill Summers (tracks: A2, A3) , Kenneth Nash 
Piano - George Cables 
Saxophone [Alto] - Lenny Hambro
Saxophone [Baritone], Clarinet [Bass] - Romeo Pinque*
Saxophone [Tenor] - Danny Trimboline* , Frank Wess
Trombone [Tenor] - John Gale , Robert Alexander , Urban Green*
Trumpet - Anthony Tooley , Danny Moore , Earl Gardner , Joseph Wilder* , Jon Faddis
Vibraphone - Bobby Hutcherson

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