Highly-acclaimed jazz vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson passed away on Mon. (Aug 15) at the age of 75, reports The New York Times.
Hutcherson rose to fame in the ’60s and is most known for bringing the vibraphone to jazz. But that’s not all the late jazz great is known for. With a look down hip-hop history, it’s not hard to find the musician’s influence. He’s been sampled in tracks by The Game, The Underachievers, Madlib and Ice Cube.
The former three drew from Hutcherson’s 1975 album Montara while Hutcherson’s track “Home Cookin” was sampled in Ice Cube’s “Ghetto Bird” off of Death Certificate. Hutcherson’s “Rain Every Thursday” also appears as the backdrop to a 1993 freestyle from Nas.
The Roots’ Questlove shared some touching words for the late great. “Respect to the master & one of my percussion heroes in jazz music the great Bobby Hutcherson,” read Questlove’s Instagram post.
Famed jazz club, The Blue Note, also went to Instagram to share their thoughts on Hutcherson’s passing as well as his wide influence. “We’re deeply saddened by the passing of #BobbyHutcherson, the greatest vibraphonist in Blue Note history. From the first note he played on a Blue Note record on April 30, 1963 as a sideman on alto saxophonist Jackie McLean’s album ‘One Step Beyond’ his sound became synonymous with the label’s modern postbop movement throughout the 1960s & later the jazz-funk explorations of the 1970s,” it read.
R.I.P. to Mr. Bobby Hutcherson. "Montara" is such a gorgeous album.
— Phonte (@phontigallo) August 16, 2016
We're deeply saddened by the passing of #BobbyHutcherson, the greatest vibraphonist in Blue Note history. From the first note he played on a Blue Note record on April 30, 1963 as a sideman on alto saxophonist Jackie McLean's album "One Step Beyond" his sound became synonymous with the label's modern postbop movement throughout the 1960s & later the jazz-funk explorations of the 1970s. Bobby recorded 24 Blue Note albums as a leader & appeared as a sideman on classics including Eric Dolphy "Out to Lunch," Joe Henderson "Mode for Joe," Grant Green "Idle Moments" & Lee Morgan "The Procrastinator." We were proud to bring Bobby home to Blue Note for the Grammy-nominated 2014 album "Enjoy the View" with Joey DeFrancesco, David Sanborn & Billy Hart. Click in the link in our bio to spin our "Intro to Bobby Hutcherson" playlist & celebrate the eternal spirit of a modern jazz legend.