Natural Illusions

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Natural Illusions
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Studio album by Bobby Hutcherson
Released 1972
Recorded March 2-3, 1972
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz
Length 33:36
Label Blue Note
BST 84416
Producer George Butler
Bobby Hutcherson chronology
Head On
(1971)Head On1971
Natural Illusions
Bobby Hutcherson Live at Montreux
(1973)Bobby Hutcherson Live at Montreux1973

Natural Illusions is an album by American jazz vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson recorded in 1972 and released on the Blue Note label.[1]


The Allmusic review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine awarded the album 1½ stars and stated "Natural Illusions is one of the rare Bobby Hutcherson dates that finds the vibraphonist flirting with the mainstream and fusion... There's little of the unpredictable phrasing and modal harmonies that distinguished Hutcherson's albums, and the music often sounds conventional, making it one of the lesser efforts in his catalog".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Bobby Hutcherson except as indicated
  1. "When You Are Near" - 3:56
  2. "The Thrill Is Gone" (Rick Darnell, Roy Hawkins) - 4:23
  3. "Sophisticated Lady" (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Mitchell Parish) - 6:02
  4. "Rain Every Thursday" - 3:39
  5. "The Folks Who Live On the Hill" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern) - 4:58
  6. "Lush Life" (Billy Strayhorn) - 5:28
  7. "Shirl" (Horace Silver) - 5:10



  1. ^ Bobby Hutcherson discography accessed December 10, 2010
  2. ^ a b Erlewine, S. T. Allmusic Review accessed December 10, 2010