For Sentimental Reasons (Kind of Blue)
Vibes maestro Bobby Hutcherson was one of the key innovators in the post-bop experiments of the mid-60s for the Blue Note label, but he focuses on a more conventionally mainstream approach in this set of ballads and mid-tempo standards. His approach may be more subdued in this setting, but his subtle and inventive playing remains as lustrous as ever, and he is supported by an excellent band that includes pianist Renee Rosnes and drummer Al Foster, who is bound for the Edinburgh Jazz Festival as leader of his own quintet.
The material is familiar enough, and includes a relaxed take on Fats Waller’s ‘Jitterbug Waltz’ alongside familiar standards such as ‘Embraceable You’, ‘Spring Is Here’ and ‘What Are You Doing With the Rest of Your Life’. Another Edinburgh visitor, Benny Golson, also crops up as composer of ‘Along Came Betty’. A fine set if you are in the mood for a little beguiling relaxation.