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Happenings (Rudy Van Gelder Edition) Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (18 Sep 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000H3096A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,215 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Bouquet (Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (2006 Digital Remaster)
3. Rojo (Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (2006 Digital Remaster)
4. Maiden Voyage (Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (2006 Digital Remaster)
5. Head Start (Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (2006 Digital Remaster)
6. When You Are Near (Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (2006 Digital Remaster)
7. The Omen (Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (2006 Digital Remaster)

Product Description

By 1966, this innovator and virtuoso had produced an amazing amount of cutting-edge music with Jackie McLean, Grachan Moncur III, Andrew Hill, and Eric Dolphy, as well as on his first two Blue Note albums. 'Happenings' was his first album in a conventional quartet format (but what a band, with Herbie Hancock, Bob Cranshaw, and Joe Chambers!). With the exception of Hancock’s "Maiden Voyage", the material is originals by the vibist, and the range and harmonic depth of his compositions is as impressive as his playing. A unique and rewarding album in the long career of this exceptional musician.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ian Thumwood on 17 Jan 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Quite how this recording has slipped by in the pantheon of great Blue Note recordings is beyond me. This record is absolutely brilliant and demonstrates what a winning combination Herbie Hancock and Bobby Hutcherson are together. The bass and drum team of Bob Cranshaw and the under-appreciated Joe Chambers make up this stellar quartet. I would easily rank this amongst the very best Blue Note CD's.

Most of the material is pretty straight ahead with the closing "The Omen" being the only piece that nods towards the more experimental stuff the vibes player was working on at the same time on records like "Dialogue." Whilst this is more orthodox, the quality of the writing is exceptional with a balanced programme that incorporates swinging tracks like "Head Start", the gentle ballad "Bouquet", the latin romp that is "Rojo" or Hancock's masterpiece "Maiden Voyage" which receives a treatment no less brilliant than on the pianist's record of the same name. The opener "Aquarian Moon" is also one of Hutcherson's finest.

I think that Hancock and Hutcherson were probably amongst the crucial of Blue Notes' signings in the mid 60's and the level of musicianship displayed on this CD is indicative of the fact that probably only Joe Henderson's "Our thing" is equally under-appreciated, If I could , I would award this Cd more stars and must point out that Herbie Hancock is against re-united with Bobby Hutcherson on the latter's "Oblique." Of the two, this is the better recording but both reveal what a wonderful partnership this is. I would consider this to be an absolutely essential purchase of fans of either of these two musicians or lovers of 1960's Blue Note recordings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Moontrane TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 July 2014
Format: Audio CD
This was the first quartet album by the distinctive vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson recorded on February 8, 1966 with Herbie Hancock(piano); Bob Cranshaw(bass) & Joe Chambers(drums).
The seven memorable and inventive tracks feature six Hutcherson originals plus Hancock's impressive 'Maiden Voyage'.
Other highlights include the up-tempo 'Aquarian Moon', the Erik Satie-inspired 'Bouquet' and 'The Omen', a freer and atmospheric piece.
'Happenings' is one of Bobby Hutcherson's finest BLUE NOTE albums and an ideal introduction to his vibraphone playing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Mar 2012
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If I want to put a smile on my face I only need to play an album by Bobby Hutcherson.
I`ve already raved elsewhere about his wonderful Oblique, and now I`m about to extol the numerous virtues of this exquisite recording from 1967. At 44 packed minutes it`s pretty good measure (no extras this time) and the vibist - heard on marimba too - is here surrounded by a crack trio consisting of Herbie Hancock, bassist Bob Cranshaw, and the great Joe Chambers filling the drum seat.
Aquarian Moon gets matters off to a blazing start, Bobby`s vibes making an entry straight off, the whole piece a terrific opener.
Bouquet is next. What can I say? Slow as slow gets, gorgeous, measured, enigmatic, contemplative, lyrical, mesmerising, haunting...
Rojo is a mid-to-fast tempo workout, with all participants on fine form.
Next comes a version of none other than Hancock`s Maiden Voyage, the only track not written by BH. It sounds glorious, with its composer`s piano seeming to treasure its runs and trills, with Bobby`s vibes an eloquent, respectful counterpoint. According to the (as usual excellent) sleevenotes, Hutcherson had not heard Herbie`s original when they recorded this equally compelling reading.
Head Start is a bread-and-butter blaster, and none the worse for that.
It`s difficult to believe that the perfect jewel of When You Are Near isn`t a standard shorn of its words. But this is a Hutcherson original, a lovely ballad that cries out for a lyric to accompany it. Utterly beguiling.
The seven-minute The Omen strays into more `experimental` territory, and is a welcome balance to the more mainstream jazz that`s preceded it.
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