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San Francisco

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Audio CD, March 8, 1994
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 8, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B000005GWW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,977 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ on June 26, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The reviews I read of San Fracisco suggest that somehow, Hutcherson was selling out by making a soul jazz record instead of an avant garde one. While I am a huge fan of Bobby's work with Archie Shepp-check out New Thing At Newport-and his own free jazz albums, I think San Fransico is equally good.

This is thick, bluesy jazz with a late 60s soul feel and Hutcherson's vibes all over the music. The band is both tight and loose, and a lot of this material reminds me of the great film scores Quincy Jones was writting at the time.

Any jazzman worth his salt will tell you blues, bop, avant-garde, indeed all jazz exsists on the same continuium. Don't forget that blues is what a lot of these giants cut their teeth on, and it is probably a clensing experiance for them to return to it. I love the fact that guys like Hutchenson can work in all styles, jumping from one to another whenever they feel like it. This is what musicians do.

Anybody that enjoys good music should buy this.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Caponsacchi HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 29, 2002
Format: Audio CD
[Although not every one of the reviews is 5 stars, I don't see any pattern that would suggest--contrary to the above review--that Hutcherson is "selling out." If some of us are not as completely transported by his or Harold Land's work on this session as on so many earlier recordings--from Land's early work with Clifford (all but one Brown-Roach LP), then to his collaboration with Hutcherson--that's not so much a knock on the present recording as a reflection by those of us who may have as many as 40 or more recordings by the tenor saxophonist whom musicians like Victor Feldman and Carmel Jones once called "the best jazz musician alive." It's simply not fair to expect of any artist that each successive recording will raise the bar higher or necessarily be another 5-star effort. Moreover, "San Francisco" is indeed a recording of an inarguably "experimental" nature, including compositions that require repeated playing to grow on the listener (as is true of most art worthy of the name). Finally, as my original review (below) attempts to alert listeners to, the original LP was a sloppy, hasty, poorly executed production job on the part of the parent company. (It required several hours of my time simply to match the right tunes with the right titles.) No doubt the original botched copy (an evitable distraction from the music itself) has sinced been corrected.]

Original review:

This is definitely not an album to start with if you're unfamiliar with the Bags-influenced virtuosity of Hutcherson or the inspired neo-bop lyricism of Harold Land. Nonetheless, it's one of the most imaginative "fusion" sessions of the seventies, ranging from atmospheric tropical textures to elemental gospel grooves to avant garde experimentation.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Spiegel on December 11, 2010
Format: MP3 Music
This album, made in the early 70's reflects Bobby's relocation to the SF Bay Area and his ongoing collaboration with Harold Land. It is an inspired, uplifting project that maintains Bobby's preoccupation with originality and sincere musicality. To those who are less then satisfied with this recording because it is not their idea of "jazz", I would say who is a better judge of that then one of modern music's most integral players? Hutcherson has never "sold out", but has explored whatever his heart has desired and is the DEFINITION of jazz, not someone who is bound by past successes. The body of work by Bobby Hutcherson is amazing in it's shear volume but mostly because of it's originality and courage to develope ideas that are often ahead of their time and sometimes ahead of the listeners and fans. This recording, made so long ago, still holds up today as a complete work, even though the record company got the titles mixed up on the cover. Highly recommended.
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