So Far, So Good – 1977

Bobby Hutcherson

The vibraphonist plays a driving original with his quartet

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One of the greatest jazz vibraphonists of all time, Bobby Hutcherson ranks at the top along with Lionel Hampton, Red Norvo, Milt Jackson, Terry Gibbs, and Gary Burton.

Hutcherson modernized the Milt Jackson style while infusing it with his own musical personality.

On this appearance from Italian television in 1977, Hutcherson is joined by three sidemen based in California at the time: tenor-saxophonist Hadley Caliman, bassist James Leary, and drummer Eddie Marshall.

They perform Leary’s challenging and driving post bop original “So Far, So Good” which features fine solos from the fiery Caliman, Hutcherson (who was 36 at the time), and Leary.

-Scott Yanow


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