There's a fine line between a musician who can seize your imagination
and a musician who's merely competent.
The critic Ralph Gleason coined a term to
distinguish good artists from the truly gifted, the talented from the
ones who can change your life. He said that the great ones have the "X-Factor,"
an indefinable something that eludes most musicians. Gerald Wilson was
talking about this same idea when he said, "Some people have it.
Some people don’t. Bobby's got it!"
Sometimes it's hard to describe what's
so wonderful about Hutcherson's music because the qualities that make
it so compelling can't be explained in words. You end up resorting to
worn stock phrases: His music is pulsing with life. It's wide-eyed
and open. It's fearless. It's healing. It's full of joy. But these
words really aren't adequate. If you listen, you'll hear it. It's in the
music. Bobby Hutcherson is a great musician. Bobby Hutcherson has it.
This site is my tribute to Hutcherson
and his music.