Five essential videos of Bobby Hutcherson, one of jazz’s finest vibraphonists

Bobby Hutcherson was one of the finest vibraphonists of the 1960s.

His Blue Note albums remain an adventure in modal jazz and the African-American jazz perspective. Below are five videos of Hutcherson in action over the years. He died in 2016.


Here’s Hutcherson’s quintet in Antibes, France, in 1969. They’re performing Herzog from one of his finest albums, Total Eclipse.

The other players Harold Land (tenor sax), Stanley Cowell (piano), Reggie Johnson (bass) and Joe Chambers (drums).


Here’s the majestically stormy pianist McCoy Tyner with Hutcherson in 1983 performing Walk Spirit, Talk Spirit, from Tyner’s 1973 album Enlightenment, and The Seeker, from Tyner’s 1980 album Quartets 4×4.

They are backed by Arthur Blythe (alto sax), John Blake (violin), Avery Sharpe (bass) and Ronnie Burrage (drums).


Here’s Hutcherson with Herbie Hancock (piano) and Ron Carter (bass) in 1985 performing Bouquet, from Hutcherson’s 1967 album Happenings.


Here’s Hutcherson with James Newton (flute), Herbie Hancock (piano), Ron Carter (bass) and Tony Williams (drums) in 1985, performing one of Hutcherson’s most beautiful jazz standards, Little B’s Poem, from his 1966 album Components.


And here’s Hutcherson in 2012 with pianist Kenny Barron performing Dave Brubeck’s In Your Own Sweet Way, from the 1956 album Brubeck Plays Brubeck. Hutcherson performed despite suffering from emphysema.