Bobby Hutcherson
& Flora Purim,
Cool Summer, Vol. 3
(Quantum Leap, 2002)

This is the third volume in the Cool Summer video series. The video footage here was shot in 1983 at the Paul Masson Vineyard in California during the Harvest Jazz Festival, with featured performer Bobby Hutcherson.

During the showcase, half-hour performances by the vibraphonist and episodes of a candid interview with Hutcherson are interspersed. While introducing us to Hutcherson as a person, this tends to disrupt the continuity of his lengthy, improvised performance.

Beside Hutcherson's own talents, a highlight of this segment is the musical saw performance by the percussionist in his quartet, Eddie Marshall. An additional Hutcherson segment shows him in front of several jazz musicians, including pianist McCoy Tyner.

Also on this DVD is a very brief exhibition of the talents of vocalist Flora Purim. This shows Purim's synthesized style reaching back to the easy grace of Sarah Vaughn as well Ella Fitzgerald's scat singing.

- Rambles
written by Tom Schulte
published 2 April 2005

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