'Bouquet', by Bobby Hutcherson
‘Happenings' is the first album to present Hutcherson as the featured soloist fronting a conventional rhythm section, instead of amongst the experimentally-inclined sextets and quintets he'd led and guested with before. These had produced, most notably, Hutcherson's own 'Dialogue’, on which I wrote about earlier.
Today’s featured song ‘Bouquet' is a slow, stately waltz. Hutcherson introduces the theme with supple assistance from Hancock and light brushwork by Chambers.
Note the simplicity of the lines in Herbie’s spare solo and the added dimension supplied by Bob Cranshaw’s bass accents.
"…I was inspired to write ‘Bouquet' after listening to some of the work of Erik Satie (one of my personal favorite composers as well, ed.), says Bobby. He did several things that sound like that to me; he used a lot of 3/4. They’re all seventh and eleventh cords here, moving alternately, like from D to B to D-flat to B-flat to C to A, and so forth. It’s supposed to be a peaceful thing, just to make you relax, with that bass figure as a foundation…”
For those who are unfamiliar with the work of Erik Satie: I’ve put a perfect example of his work, to which Hutcherson is referring to, here (on my YouTube channel).
Bobby Hutcherson - Vibraphone
Herbie Hancock - Piano
Bob Cranshaw - Bass
Joe Chambers - Drums