Personnel: Bobby Hutcherson (vibraphone); Joe Henderson (tenor saxophone); McCoy Tyner (piano); Herbie Lewis (bass); Billy Higgins (drums).
Producer: Alfred Lion.
Reissue producer: Michael Cuscuna.
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on July 14, 1966. Includes liner notes by Leonard Feather.
Digitally remastered by using 20-bit technology by Ron McMaster.
This is part of Blue Note's Limited Edition Connoisseur series.
Bobby Hutcherson's STICK-UP!, an all-star date from 1966, is a bit of a departure from the musician's regular Blue Note sessions of the time. Featuring saxophonist Joe Henderson, pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Herbie Lewis, and drummer Billy Higgins, this album has a distinct straight-ahead feel in comparison with more esoteric sessions like PATTERNS or COMPONENTS. Nonetheless, this date finds Hutcherson in top form, with excellent dexterity on the vibes and stunning solo spots that match those of his distinguished guests.
STICK-UP! is also unique in that Hutcherson himself composed all but one of the tracks, Ornette Coleman's "Una Muy Bonita." Hutcherson's burning "8/4 Beat" is a very bebop flavored number that features dynamic work from Henderson. The wistful "Summer Nights" is a gentle ballad-a perfect showcase for Hutcherson's highly sensitive mallet work. A high point of the disc is the challenging "Black Circle," a demanding piece that Hutcherson and Henderson pull off expertly before launching into a blistering solo section. Likewise, the closing "Blues Mind Matter" is a powerful hard-bop statement from this most engaging vibraphone master.