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Various Artists: This Is The Blues, Volume 1

LP: Pacific Jazz PJ 13
CD: Les McCann Ltd. In New York (Pacific Jazz CDP-7-92929-2)

The two tracks with Hutcherson from the This Is The Blues, Volume 1 LP are included on Les McCann Ltd. In New York CD as bonus tracks.

Tracks & Performers (Composers) [Original LP]
1 Oatmeal - Les McCann (McCann, Hutcherson)
2 Tellin' Em About It - Les McCann (McCann)
3 This Is The Blues - Curtis Amy & Paul Bryant (Amy)
4 One More Hamhock Please - Les McCann (Amy)
5 Red Shirt - Teddy Edwards Septet (Edwards, Witherspoon)
6 Blowin' The Blues - Harold Land & Jackie Davis (Davis, Wilson)

Hutcherson is on tracks 1 and 4 only

Personnel (Tracks 1 & 4)
Bobby Hutcherson (vib); Curtis Amy (ts); Les McCann (p); Herbie Lewis (b); Ron Jefferson (d)

Recording Date & Location
Late 1960, Los Angeles, CA

Hutcherson's first two recordings were issued on the Pacific Jazz compilation LP, This is the Blues, Volume 1. Although he was a sideman in Les McCann's group, Hutcherson takes the first solo on both tracks, and he's very impressive. There's nothing tentative about his playing; he swings hard and sounds great. In fact, the whole band cooks nicely. The opening track, "Oatmeal," co-written by McCann and Hutcherson, features the vibraphonist with the rhythm section. Curtis Amy joins them on "One More Hamhock Please."

In 1989, Capitol / Pacific Jazz reissued the two tracks featuring Bobby as bonus tracks on the Les McCann Ltd. in New York reissue CD. Unfortunately, that disc is now out of print too. If you're a Hutcherson fan, it's worth tracking it down. The other six tracks that make up the CD are enjoyable. Stanley Turrentine sits in. (Sadly, Hutcherson does not play on these tracks.)

McCann / Hutcherson tracks only:


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