Meeting Vibraphone Jazz 'Head On' Fresh Air's jazz critic takes a fresh look at the reissue of the album Head On (Blue Note/EMI), a 1971 session led and recorded by Bobby Hutcherson.


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Meeting Vibraphone Jazz 'Head On'

Meeting Vibraphone Jazz 'Head On'

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Head On, 1971 (album cover)

An acclaimed vibraphonist, Bobby Hutcherson has been leading recording sessions since 1965, and recently released his 2007 album, For Sentimental Reasons. Now his 1971 album Head On (Blue Note/EMI) is being reissued, drawn from a unique jazz session — featuring reeds, flutes and multiple percussion — led by Hutcherson himself.

It's a portrait of jazz in transition, masterminded by classical, R&B, pop and jazz composer Todd Cochran, who wrote most of it and put his stamp on all of it.

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