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Bobby Hutcherson: Somewhere in the Night

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Before Joey DeFrancesco enlisted him for a 2005 album, vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson hadn’t recorded with an organist since his glory days with Blue Note, when he teamed with Larry Young on Grant Green’s Street of Dreams and accompanied Big John Patton on his Let ‘Em Roll. In aligning himself with DeFrancesco, today’s reigning champ of the Hammond B3, Hutcherson couldn’t have made a higher-profile return to the format.

With his big and busy sound, DeFrancesco can so dominate Somewhere in the Night, a live album recorded in 2009 at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, you may find yourself wondering who the headliner is and who the guest soloist is. Fans of Hutcherson, who has had to scale down his career as he battles a respiratory condition, may wish for a role reversal. But there are plenty of moments in which the DeFrancesco Trio, including drummer Byron Landham and the ultimate organist’s guitarist in Peter Bernstein, provides a cozy setting for Hutcherson.

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