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5.0 out of 5 stars Neglected masterpiece, 17 Jan. 2010
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Ian Thumwood "ian17577" (Winchester) - See all my reviews
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Quartet recording from 1966, 24 Oct. 2014
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A quartet recording from 1966 featuring master vibraphone player Bobby Hutcherson with Herbie Hancock, Bob Cranshaw and Joe Chambers. The material is pretty typical modern jazz from this period. The stand out track is "Maiden Voyage" (Herbie Hancock); apparently Hutcherson had not heard Herbie's recording before making this, but having Hancock on piano makes the track. It is a valuable alternative to Hancock's recording on his own seminal album. Hutcherson is rather under-rated as a musician. It is often said that if he had been a tenor saxophonist he would be spoken of in the same breath as Coltrane, Rollins etc.
Worth purchasing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An ideal introduction to vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson., 10 July 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A bouquet from Bobby, 25 Mar. 2012
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GlynLuke (York UK) - See all my reviews
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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. Chambers gets to try out his triangle, as well as bash some cymbals about in grand fashion, Cranshaw makes with the appropriately ominous bass runs, Hancock gets into the spirit of it all as to the manner born, and Bobby has his say, sounding at one point like a mad milkman. It`s a marvellous track, and a fittingly witty way to finish such an effervescent disc.
As the man said - it`s all good.
I love Bobby Hutcherson, and I love Bobby Hutcherson albums. This is one of the best, and that`s really saying something.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A hidden gem, 4 April 2014
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Like another reviewer, I can't understand why this album is not celebrated more - I bought it for Bouquet, having heard Larry Corryell and Greg Khan do a guitar version in the 70s - but the other tracks stand well up to the passage of time, and Maiden Voyage is a real treat. Wonderful stuff!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 6 Oct. 2014
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Mr Brendan Harrington (Stevenage, Herts United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 22 Feb. 2015
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