Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Shrdlu

Bobby Hutcherson "Total Eclipse"

37 posts in this topic

I got this one out again a couple of days ago. I had the LP of it in the 1970s, but now I use a CD.

This is a superb session, with Harold Land, Chick Corea, Reggie Johnson and Joe Chambers. It occurred during a three-week time together.

It was not recorded by Rudy, but the sound is good, and the CD, from 1988, by Malcolm Addey, is excellent. No need for a Japanese upgrade, though there is a recent Japanese CD.

Five stars all round.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I agree. Terrific session! Interesting also to hear Corea backing Hutcherson from that time period. The compositions are all such good starting points for improvisation. 

I don't think sound is up to RVG standards, but it serves the setting and material well enough. Original vinyl and also the Addey sound best in my opinion. Japanese Toshiba and King are a step behind, and 80 DMM vinyl sounds very dull in comparison. 

My favorite Hutcherson album. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Excellent record. I used to have an LP, but passed it on and am now in the market for the CD. For whatever reason it’s one of the most expensive BN CDs on the aftermarket despite having two pressings. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The most recent Japanese copy (UCCQ-9516) sounds pretty good.

Edited by jazzbo

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I’ve got a 1985 US vinyl copy that sounds great. It is indeed a great session. 

Edited by Pim

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Enjoyed this one since I got the Pathe Marconi vinyl back in the 1980s, which sounded OK sonically at the time to me. Have a Liberty vinyl and also a blue label copy,  plus at least one copy on CD, so you could say it is a favourite.

The sound of the session is totally unlike RVG. ‘Ethereal’ would sum it up for me.

Edited by sidewinder

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I always get sad seeing that cover, knowing that he was afflicted with emphysema over his last years

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
7 hours ago, BFrank said:

I always get sad seeing that cover, knowing that he was afflicted with emphysema over his last years

I’ve thought that a time or two myself.

 Joe Henderson too, re: the cover of Mode For Joe — who also struggled with emphysema over his last few years too.

Edited by Rooster_Ties

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
16 hours ago, Rooster_Ties said:

I’ve thought that a time or two myself.

 Joe Henderson too, re: the cover of Mode For Joe — who also struggled with emphysema over his last few years too.

Yes - that one, too

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

One of many fine Hutcherson albums, not sure what my top favorite would be.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It wouldn't surprise me if, in the future, these covers will have the cigarettes removed digitally. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

They would keep the cigarettes, but also include a graphic health message. Maybe also a spoken warning as track 1.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 6.12.2021 at 7:20 AM, BFrank said:

I always get sad seeing that cover, knowing that he was afflicted with emphysema over his last years

and he bites the Cigarette with his teeth, I never saw something like that. 
I think I never saw a foto of Hank Mobley without a cigarette.
And remember those early BN fotos of Fats Navarro and Miles Davis holding the cigarette while playing. Fats already may have had TB on that foto...
Same with Monk playing piano with the cigarette in his mouth. 
Bud lying in the hospital bed in France late 1963 while he had TB and got a visit from Johnny Griffin and Francis Paudras and he smokes in the hospital bed.... incredible .

I must admit I also like to smoke a cigarette, but only if I´m extremly happy and relaxed. Having afternoon coffee with my wife........after a good meal. After a good fishing day before I drive home.....things like that ...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
37 minutes ago, Gheorghe said:

I must admit I also like to smoke a cigarette, but only if I´m extremly happy and relaxed. Having afternoon coffee with my wife........after a good meal. After a good fishing day before I drive home.....things like that ...

You are lucky to be able to control it like that. The vast majority of smokers cannot. Miles Davis once said that it was harder to quit smoking than heroin. Highly addictive drug with serious health issues. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
9 minutes ago, mikeweil said:

You are lucky to be able to control it like that. The vast majority of smokers cannot. Miles Davis once said that it was harder to quit smoking than heroin. Highly addictive drug with serious health issues. 

Well I smoked more when I was young. But at almost 62 you really concentrate on what you do: 

I don´t listen to dozens of albums while doing housework or cooking or checking my mails like I did when I was younger.
Now I choose one certain album, sit down, close my eyes and listen to every aspect of it. 

Same with fishing: I don´t go fishing 2 or 3 times in the week before going to the office, driving home at 6.00, having a shower and dressing for the office.... , I choose a certain beautiful day, maybe one or two times in the  month.

And I smoke a cigarette only if I really have those moments I described before. No doctor ever said it would be too harmful in this manner, only one female doctor once asked me if I wouldn´t think to quit it. I said why, and then she said "ok, that means 3 cigarettes per day, ok". I answered "Four cigarettes, you forgot the cigarette after making love:lol:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 12/7/2021 at 10:14 AM, Daniel A said:

They would keep the cigarettes, but also include a graphic health message. Maybe also a spoken warning as track 1.

Not in the US they won't. Tobacco lobby here is still able to keep those graphic pics off cig cartons unlike Europe. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Those warning labels in Britain and Europe are ugly, patronizing and annoying.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, Shrdlu said:

Those warning labels in Britain and Europe are ugly, patronizing and annoying.

Well I have a leather bag where I put the packs into it, or I have a golden tabatiera I don´t know how you say in english, that´s really looking nice, 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

"Total Eclipse" and "San Francisco" are among my all-time favourites.

I don't like the cover of "San Francisco". The cover of "Total Eclipse" ist great, one of the first after Reid Miles quit doing covers for Blue Note.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What's wrong about this?

R-5223531-1601455633-8099.jpeg.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 9.12.2021 at 9:48 AM, Gheorghe said:

and he bites the Cigarette with his teeth, I never saw something like that. 

I never smoked, but how you you keep a cigarette in your mouth when you are grinning? Without using a hand?

2 minutes ago, sidewinder said:

Lousy font !

In LP size it is much less lousy. I like the photo.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
5 minutes ago, mikeweil said:

 

In LP size it is much less lousy. I like the photo.

No, it's still lousy! :lol:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
7 minutes ago, mikeweil said:

I never smoked, but how you you keep a cigarette in your mouth when you are grinning? Without using a hand?

A pro knows how to do anything while smoking.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
21 minutes ago, Son Of Ice Bag said:

"Total Eclipse" and "San Francisco" are among my all-time favourites.

Right on!  Along with Happenings and Medina and Cirrus and ...

 

22 minutes ago, Son Of Ice Bag said:

I don't like the cover of "San Francisco". The cover of "Total Eclipse" ist great, one of the first after Reid Miles quit doing covers for Blue Note.

When my wife saw the photo on San Francisco, she said it looked "goofy."

I sorta like it.  Deliberate intimacy.  

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Please sign in to comment

You will be able to leave a comment after signing in



Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.