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For Sentimental Reasons

Bobby Hutcherson Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: City Hall Records
  • ASIN: 5557727892
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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As the Penguin Guide To Modern Jazz notes Bobby, Hutcherson is “an undervalued genius” where “few have developed such a consistently challenging language for the instrument”. This is his first album for 8 years and is made up completely of standards. Produced by the legendary Richard Seidel, it features his working quartet which includes Renee Rosnes on piano. Tracks: For Sentimental Reasons / Ode To Angela / Embraceable You / Along Came Betty / Somewhere / Jitterbug Waltz / What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life / Don't Blame Me / Spring Is Here / I Wish I Knew / I'll Be Seeing You.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The romantic side of Bobby Hutcherson 19 May 2010
By A. Zona
Format:Audio CD
For Sentimental Reasons, recorded November 2006, is a beautiful collection of ballads masterly played by a quartet featuring great Bobby Hutcherson on vibraphone, Renee Rosnes on piano, Dwayne Burno on double-bass, Al Foster on drums. Hutcherson has always the central role, introducing themes and improvising, superbly interacting with the other musicians, especially with the piano. The mood of the music is definitely romantic and calm, warm and heartening, perfect for a tender evening with your spouse. However don't mistake this recording for easy listening or cliché. This is a really inspired and passionate work of real mainstream jazz from a great musician no longer worried of defining music directions, now playing for the fun of playing, more relaxed than ever. A real pleasure to listen to again and again, thanks also to the very high recording quality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like Fine Wine...... 18 July 2007
By Robert G. Bouey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Bobby Hutcherson really doesn't say much between songs when playing live. His focus is on the mood and the music and he speaks through his vibraphone. Breathing through pursed lips as the tones from his instrument resonate throughout the room, he will occasionally smile as Renee Rosnes impresses him with the textures she overlays. There is always that undertone of sophistication and subtle humour. I especially like when he ends a song emphatically by striking a low single note at the bottom of the register on his vibes. Take that!

Having caught five sets of Bobby's band over the last year from locales as distant as Vancouver to New York I was fortunate to have gained an appreciation for what was to become the CD, For Sentimental Reasons. Little did I know when I caught Bobby at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola last November that he and the band were recording the new CD. I think one of the sets that stands out the most for me was a Saturday night at the Blue Note during his CD release party this past June. What a treat.

The song, For Sentimental Reasons, is just that....sentimental. Ode to Angela is a breezy workout by the band, a great driving song. Listen to how Renee fills in the spaces around Bobby's playing on Embraceable You, Dwayne and Al provide a tasty backdrop. Along Came Betty steps out from the ballads, it is a pleasant groove that builds on the solos of Bobby and Renee. Somewhere is reminiscent of Manhattan Moods, that great duo record with McCoy Tyner. Who can help but hum the tune to Jitter Bug Waltz, it is contageous. Renee's solo builds and builds until she becomes the perfect foil for Bobby's solo and the two climb to soaring heights together, ultimately to leave us with that melody. I have always liked Al Foster's playing, especially on Skyline, Bobby's last solo effort, but his cymbal work live on Jitterbug Waltz is outstanding. What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life - the notes land like dew drops - it's as if the song were written for Bobby. Don't Blame Me, like track four, steps away from the ballads and has a great walking bass line. Spring is Here, beautiful. I Wish I Knew makes me wish Bobby would do a samba/bossa type CD, great tempo and cymbal embellishments from Al. Finally, I'll Be Seeing You....Bobby playing with four malletts....exquisite.

Yes I am a fan of Bobby's, his music, his band and particularily, For Sentimental Reasons. His solo releases are like fine wine...better with age and to be savoured.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silky 7 Sep 2007
By G. Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Everyone knows that Bobby Hutcherson is a Hall of Famer. He's played with all the greats, in all the jazz styles, and penned classics of his own. Here he is digging into some classic Great American Songbook stuff, and the entire CD is a very warm, mellow affair. One of his partners from the SF Jazz Collective, Renee Rosnes, is on piano throughout, and she is a fantastic complementary player to Bobby. A great late night listen. I heard this band live in New York City at the Blue Note and this is just like being there. Slip into something comfortable when you put this on and enjoy this master craftsman.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simplicity Is Beauty 4 Jun 2008
By Rebecca*rhapsodyinblue* - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"One of the hardest things in the world to do is to play simple, to give the listener room to become part of the creative possibilities of the experience." ~ Bobby Hutcherson ~

I have always loved the soothing and gentle sound of a vibraphone, so this recording has impressed me greatly particularly the repertoire of ageless standards and the way they have been rendered. My favorite vibraphonists whom I have listed in my book of jazz include Lionel Hampton, Cal Tjader and Dave Samuels, who used to be a guest performer on many of the best recordings of Spyro Gyra, one of my favorite groups in the Seventies. Now I have added a vibes virtuoso that is Bobby Hutcherson to my list after listening to this simple yet very beautiful recording, "For Sentimental Reasons." Released almost a year ago, I consider this one of the greatest jazz recordings of all-time and I will definitely recommend it to any jazz aficionado who appreciates the unique sound of a vibraphone.

Together with pianist Renee Rosnes, bassist Dwayne Burno and drummer Al Foster, Mr. Hutcherson present a set of lovely tunes that are all pleasing to the ears starting off with a dreamy opener and the title track, "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons" down to a fitting closer, "I'll Be Seeing You." He plays his instrument so adeptly and the interplay among his fellow musicians is absolutely outstanding making all the tunes very enjoyable. They perfectly complement each other's superb and engaging style of playing.

Out of the eleven tracks, there isn't any trite tune. Everything about this recording is so beautiful. Each tune is a reminder of a heartfelt and tender emotion. So sit back, relax and just bathe yourself in this charming music most especially the timeless enchantment of "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons," the everlasting beauty of George Gershwin's "Embraceable You" and Richard Rodgers' "Spring Is Here," the captivating appeal of Jimmy McHugh's "Don't Blame Me" and Leonard Bernstein's "Somewhere," the allure of Fats Waller's "Jitterbug Waltz," Harry Warren's "I Wish I Knew" and Michel Legrand's "What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life?"

"Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory." ~ Oscar Wilde ~
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars play it and push the repeat button - completely satisfied 8 Feb 2013
By shonuff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
a vibe master.. there are few left of his era, will support bobby where ever he is in NEW YORK....
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taste and Simplicity 24 Aug 2012
By The Brave - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Bobby is in rare form, tasty as usual. The CD offers a great selection of tunes, with excellent execution. It is a relaxed tasty CD. I've enjoyed Bobby's music for years and years - a truly great player - this is a keeper.
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