A jazz musician who broke ground with a series of recordings that elevated the stature of the vibraphone has died. The Washington Post reports that Bobby Hutcherson died Aug. 15 at his home in Montara, Calif. He was 75.
The largely self-taught Hutcherson, “whose far-reaching, harmonically daring recordings in the 1960s made him one of the most influential jazz musicians on his instrument,” died of emphysema, The Post reports.
“In a career spanning more than five decades, Mr. Hutcherson combined the edgy, dissonant sounds of modern jazz with a graceful, melodic warmth,” the report notes. “He appeared on dozens of albums as a leader, often featuring his own compositions, and in 2010 was designated a jazz master by the National Endowment for the Arts.”
Here’s a clip of Hutcherson at work in 2002 with the McCoy Tyner Quartet …