In-demand jazz vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson reaffirms his vitality as a bandleader, improviser and composer on "Skyline."
Mellow-toned mallet work embraces Kenny Garrett's warm alto on Hutcherson's playful, hard-driving "Who's Got You?" which is thematically linked to a shimmering reading of "Love Theme from Superman," a trio piece with pianist Geri Allen and bassist Christian McBride. Films are referenced again on "Chan's Song," a swing-ballad delicacy penned by Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder for 1986's "Round Midnight" soundtrack. An edgy "I Only Have Eyes for You" is abetted by a gritty solo from Garrett. Latin rhythms and tangy marimba work spice up his "Pomponio," and the arrangements of "Delilah" and "Tres Palabras" feel fresh.
"Skyline" is about the buzzing street-scene energy of "The Coaster" as well as the glowing interiors evoked by the vibes-piano communion of "Candle." It's an inspiring view.