The Kicker (Bobby Hutcherson album)

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The Kicker
The Kicker (Bobby Hutcherson album).jpg
Studio album by Bobby Hutcherson
Released 1999
Recorded December 29, 1963
Studio Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Genre Jazz
Length 53:55
Label Blue Note
Blue Note 21437
Producer Alfred Lion
Bobby Hutcherson chronology
The Kicker

The Kicker is an album by American jazz vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson recorded in 1963 but not released on the Blue Note label until 1999 as a limited edition.[1]


The Allmusic review by Ken Dryden awarded the album 4 stars and stated "The first half features the vibraphonist in a cooking hard bop session with Joe Henderson and Duke Pearson, starting with an energetic take on the normally slow ballad "If Ever I Would Leave You" and a sizzling Hutcherson original, "For Duke P." Guitarist Grant Green is added for the second half, beginning with the first recording of Henderson's "The Kicker," which became well known from its later rendition on Horace Silver's best selling release Song for My Father".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "If Ever I Would Leave You" (Lerner, Loewe) - 10:33
  2. "Mirrors" (Joe Chambers) - 6:52
  3. "For Duke P." (Bobby Hutcherson) - 7:54
  4. "The Kicker" (Joe Henderson) - 6:07
  5. "Step Lightly" (Henderson) - 14:18
  6. "Bedouin" (Pearson) - 8:11



  1. ^ Bobby Hutcherson discography accessed December 19, 2010
  2. ^ a b Dryden, K. Allmusic Review accessed December 19, 2010