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Montara
     

Montara

by Bobby Hutcherson
 
With the possible exception of Grover Washington's Feels So Good, no other album captured the spirit of jazz in 1975 like Bobby Hutcherson's Montara. Recorded in his hometown of L.A., Montara is the very sound of groove jazz coming out of fusion, and Latin jazz's tough salsa rhythms coming home to roost in something more warm and effluvial that

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With the possible exception of Grover Washington's Feels So Good, no other album captured the spirit of jazz in 1975 like Bobby Hutcherson's Montara. Recorded in his hometown of L.A., Montara is the very sound of groove jazz coming out of fusion, and Latin jazz's tough salsa rhythms coming home to roost in something more warm and effluvial that would meet the populace where it was changing and mellowing out rather than making it sit up and take notice. That said, Montara is, like the Washington record, a masterpiece of the genre even though it isn't celebrated in the same way. Featuring a stellar cast of musicians -- among them Willie Bobo, Blue Mitchell, Bobby Matos, Ernie Watts, Harvey Mason, Plas Johnson, Fred Jackson, Larry Nash, and Chuck Domanico -- Montara is a portrait of Hutcherson's complex gift of subtlety and virtuosity. Whether it's the funky Weather Report dance of "Camel Rise," with Nash's electric piano and the horns weaving around one another in a soulful samba melody, the sweet soulful groove of the title track, where Hutcherson's solo lilts to the point of actually singing, the killer Cuban salsa of "La Malanga," done in complete minor-key frenzy (all the while without losing the easy, slippery grace of soul-jazz), the shimmering echoplexed electric piano and vibes interplay on "Love Song," or the steaming, burning gasoline orgy of Hutcherson's read of Santana's "Oye Como Va," with a killer flute line by Watts winding its way through a knotty bassline and multi-part percussion, the effect is the same: blissed-out moving and grooving for a summer day. Hutcherson's chameleon-like ability to shape-shift is truly remarkable as a sideman and especially as a leader. He never overplays, his charts are tight, and he always creates a band vibe. Almost all of his solo recordings reflect the strengths of the ensemble rather than his strengths as a soloist. Montara is one of the great feel-good jazz albums of the 1970s, one of the great Latin jazz albums of the 1970s, and one of the great groove jazz records. Seek it out without hesitation.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/08/2003
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0724358419023
catalogNumber:
84190

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bobby Hutcherson   Primary Artist,Marimbas,Vibes
Plas Johnson   Flute,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Blue Mitchell   Trumpet
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion
Eddie Cano   Piano,Keyboards
Willie Bobo   Mallets
Oscar Brashear   Trumpet
Dennis Budimir   Guitar
Rudy Calzado   Percussion
Chuck Domanico   Bass
Harvey Mason   Drums
Bobby Matos   Percussion
Larry Nash   Keyboards,Electric Piano,fender rhodes
Johnny Paloma   Percussion
Victor Pantoja   Percussion
Dave Troncoso   Bass
Ernie Watts   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Larry Naxh   Electric Piano
Fred Jackson   Flute,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

George Cables   Composer
George Butler   Executive Producer
Rudy Calzado   Composer
John Golden   Engineer
Bobby Hutcherson   Arranger
Eddie Martinez   Composer
Bobby Matos   Liner Notes
Dale Oehler   Arranger,Producer
Phil (Boogie) Schier   Engineer
Bob Cato   Art Direction
Miles Perlich   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer

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