Amy & Frank Butler: Groovin' Blue
LP: Pacific Jazz ST 19
Tracks & Composers (Original LP)
CD: Toshiba-EMI PJ0019 (Japan); also included on Mosaic Select: Curtis
1 Gone Into It (Amy)
2 Annsome (Amy)
3 Bobbin' (Amy)
Groovin' Blue (Amy)
5 Beautiful You (Amy)
6 Very Frank (Amy)
Curtis Amy (ts); Carmell Jones (tp); Bobby Hutcherson (vib); Frank Strazzeri
(p); Jimmy Bond (b); Frank Butler (d)
Recording Date & Location
Date unknown (released 1961), Hollywood, CA
Hutcherson's first full-length album was Groovin' Blue,
led by the Texas tenor-man Curtis Amy and drummer Frank Butler.
(Incidentally, it was the also the first recording by trumpeter Carmell
Jones.) The album is a no-nonsense hard-bop date in the Art Blakey mold.
All of the compositions are by Amy. They're interesting tunes, if not
terrifically memorable; however, they serve as solid frameworks for
soloing. Hutcherson solos prominently throughout, and he's the featured soloist
on the lush ballad "Beautiful You," where you can clearly hear the
healthy influence of Milt Jackson.
John Williams Hardy's liner notes offer the following insightful
comments about Hutcherson:
Hutcherson rounds out the sextet. A highly promising young musician who
made his record debut with Les McCann's trio, Bobby swings hard but
reveals in addition a gentle melodic gift that blends well with the
blues that are the core of his invention. A quiet youth of mature
demeanor, he seldom spoke or asked advice at these sessions but calmly
found his place, mastered the difficulties of the charts and blew to the
grinning satisfaction of all his companions."
Mosaic recently reissued Groovin' Blue in a "Mosaic Select"
set dedicated to Amy's Pacific Jazz recordings.