Before Bobby Hutcherson rose to fame, the vibraphone was defined by Lionel Hampton, Red Norvo and Milt Jackson. In the 1960s Hutcherson became such a dominant force that vibes players were put into one of two categories: pre or post-Hutcherson. Playing with the power, intensity and inventiveness of a pianist, Hutcherson carved out a voice for his instrument in post bop and the avant-garde.
On The Happening's, Hutcherson shows that the presence of Herbie Hancock, rather than inhibiting him or causing him to play it safe, had the opposite effect. Even on Hancock's Maiden Voyage, the vibraphonist is the star. Hutcherson, who contributes six of his strongest compositions to this colorful set, displays his mastery of modal hard bop, and matches perfectly with Hancock. The music is strikingly original and consistently brilliant.
Like all Music Matters Jazz releases, this audiophile vinyl reissue is mastered from the original analog tape and pressed on 180g virgin vinyl at RTI in Camarillo, CA. The highest quality gatefold cover features original session photography on the inside.See more Bobby Hutcherson records here