Bobby Hutcherson – Happenings

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Happenings was vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson’s fourth Blue Note release as a leader. Where its predecessors Dialogue and Components were packed with challenging avant-bop, Happenings instead brings things down a notch. With pianist Herbie Hancock, drummer Joe Chambers, and bassist Bob Cranshaw on board, Hutcherson keeps the tone fairly light, performing his original compositions (the exception is Hancock’s “Maiden Voyage”) with a mellow, swinging style that emphasizes modal exploration. The performances are all top-notch, and the album still weighs in as one of the best in Hutcherson’s fine catalogue.

Personnel: Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone, marimba); Herbie Hancock (piano); Bob Cranshaw (bass); Joe Chambers (drums).

Tracklist

01. Aquarian Moon
02. Bouquet
03. Rojo
04. Maide Voyage
05. Head Start
06. When You Are Near
07. The Omen

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