LP: Blue Note BN-LA710-G
1 Later, Even (Hutcherson)
2 Houston St. Thursday Afternoon (Hutcherson)
3 Same Shame (Hutcherson)
4 Love Can Be Many Things (Leary)
5 Song for Annie (Boyd)
6 Laugh, Laugh Again (Leary)
7 For Heaven's Sake (Bretton, Edwards, Meyer)
Recording Date & Location
The opening track, “Later, Even,” revisits one my very favorite Hutcherson compositions, “Even Later” from the album Cirrus. This is indescribable, uncategorizable music. (If you were to compare it with someone else’s music, you might say that it’s like Erik Satie’s.) “Houston Street, Thursday Afternoon” is another solid Hutcherson composition. Houston Street must have been a pleasant place on Thursday afternoon. The performance is effortless; no strain, no fuss. The third and final track on side one of the LP is “Same Shame,” which Hutcherson originally recorded on Total Eclipse. (Incidentally, Chico Freeman recorded this piece on his album Destiny’s Dance.) As with Freeman and Harold Land, this track draws out some impassioned playing from tenor saxophonist Manny Boyd. Hutch follows with an excellent, drawn-out solo of his own. The second side, featuring compositions from Hutcherson’s band-mates, is not quite a strong as the first. But it’s still good music and well worth hearing.
Mosaic reissued this LP in a “Mosaic Select” set dedicated to Hutcherson’s 1970's work. (The set includes the following albums: Cirrus, Inner Glow, Waiting, The View from the Inside, and Knucklebean.) If you’re a Hutcherson fan, picking up this set is a no-brainer.