Written by Patrick Jarenwattananon from NPR
Pianist McCoy Tyner and vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson first connected on record in 1966, on Hutcherson’s album Stick-Up! They must have realized they were musically simpatico — they’ve continued to work together for nearly five decades now. At the Blue Note at 75 concert, they didn’t say a word, but locked into a miniature set of Tyner’s classic compositions with ageless grace. It was a powerful reminder of why the Blue Note label signed both musicians in the 1960s, produced their 1993 duet recording, and is about to present a new Hutcherson album this summer.
Here’s a duet of Tyner’s “African Village,” originally from his 1968 Blue Note recording Time for Tyner — which featured Bobby Hutcherson on vibraphone.
Producers: Mito Habe-Evans, Suraya Mohamed, Patrick Jarenwattananon; Audio Engineer: Duke Markos; Videographers: Gabriella Garcia-Pardo, Olivia Merrion, Christopher Parks; Special Thanks: Jason Moran (Artistic Director for Jazz at the Kennedy Center), Blue Note Records, Mark and Rachel Dibner of the Argus Fund, The Wyncote Foundation; Executive Producer: Anya Grundmann