Thursday, December 13, 2012

Bobby Hutcherson - Montara

As mentioned in the previous post, tonight I will be deejaying a "Bobby Hutcherson Tribute" at Amnesia (853 Valencia Street, San Francisco). With that being said, I thought I would highlight one of my favorite records by the legendary vibraphonist in Montara. This Blue Note release came out in 1975 and resulted in one of the many great records that Hutcherson released during the seventies. Montara is much different than any of the vibraphonist's other records, fusing Latin rhythms with funky percussive grooves resulting in one of the best Latin jazz recordings of the decade. Some of the standout tracks include "Camel Rise", "La Malanga (Se Acabo)", "Yuyo", as well as a great rendition of Tito Puente's classic "Oye Como Va". The record also features an astonishing group of musicians which included Willie Bobo, Blue Mitchell, Bobby Matos, Ernie Watts, Harvey Mason, Plas Johnson, Ralph MacDonald, Larry Nash, and others. Overall, this is an amazing album that is considered by many critics as one of the greatest groove-oriented jazz records ever. I highly recommend seeking out an original copy of this masterpiece.

Bobby Hutcherson - Yuyo

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