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Bobby Hutcherson: For Sentimental Reasons

As we age, the lure of the pretty gets tough to resist. As the title of his new album plainly states, 66-year-old vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson isn’t immune to the call of the heart. A quartet project featuring pianist Renee Rosnes as the leader’s principal foil, “For Sentimental Reasons” may not restrict itself solely to romantic ballads, but no performance dares expand beyond a mild mid-tempo. The atmosphere remains lush with lyricism and mainstream pleasures-“Components” this isn’t.

Yet anyone expecting the virtuosic vibes player to still be the daring experimentalist of the Blue Note era hasn’t been following his post-’70s career. “For Sentimental Reasons” reflects a kinder and gentler Hutcherson, one, who in a sense, has embraced his earliest roots as a fluent, convention-based bebop stylist.

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