Components

Label
Blue Note
Release date
7 Nov 1994
Running length
8 tracks
Running time
40:47

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Components (Digitally Remastered) 6:24 120
2 Tranquillity (Digitally Remastered) 4:54 224
3 Little B's Poem (1994 Digital Remaster) 5:09 229
4 West 22nd Street Theme (1994 - Remaster) 4:40 393
5 Movement (Digitally Remastered) 7:29 74
6 Juba Dance (Digitally Remastered) 5:22 82
7 Air (Digitally Remastered) 4:47 66
8 Pastoral (Digitally Remastered) 2:02 109

About this album

Bobby Hutcherson - vibraphone
James Spaulding - alto saxophone, flute
Freddie Hubbard - trumpet
Herbie Hancock - piano
Ron Carter - double bass
Joe Chambers - drums


Perhaps the single album that best sums up Bobby Hutcherson’s early musical personality, Components is appropriately split into two very distinct halves. The first features four Hutcherson originals in a melodic but still advanced hard bop style, while the latter half has four free-leaning avant-garde pieces by drummer Joe Chambers. Hutcherson allots himself more solo space than on Dialogue, but that’s no knock on the excellent supporting cast, which includes Herbie Hancock on piano, James Spaulding on alto sax and flute, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, and Ron Carter on bass. It’s just more Hutcherson’s date, and he helps unite the disparate halves with a cool-toned control that’s apparent regardless of whether the material is way outside or more conventionally swinging. In the latter case, Hutcherson’s originals are fairly diverse, encompassing rhythmically complex hard bop (the title track), pensive balladry (“Tranquillity,” which features a lovely solo by Hancock), down-and-dirty swing (“West 22nd Street Theme”), and the gaily innocent “Little B’s Poem,” which went on to become one of Hutcherson’s signature tunes and contains some lyrical flute work from Spaulding.

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