Tribute to Bobby

Tribute to Bobby

Steve Hobbs

Label: Challenge Records
Format: CD
Barcode: 0608917343328
Catalog number: CR 73433
Releasedate: 12-01-18
- this album is a beautiful tribute to Bobby Hutcherson

- Steve Hobbs has long been one of the most talented, if underrated vibraphonists around

- a hot all-star group consisting of Steve Hobbs/marimba and vibes, Adam Kolker/saxes, Bill O’Connell/piano, Peter Washington/bass, and John Riley/drums.

Marimba / vibes veteran Steve Hobbs releases his strongest release in his forty three year career on Challenge Records. The recording is centered mostly around cutting edge originals by Hobbs encompassing modern mainstream examples of post bop, Latin, Funk, Calypso, and more….arranged and performed with the typical creative and hard edged energy you are used to hearing on his past New York Recordings. Hobbs centered the music around marimba, dedicating the recording to his mentor and late friend Bobby Hutcherson.

This is the group’s third recording. It’s a hot all-star group consisting of Steve Hobbs / marimba and vibes, Adam Kolker / saxes, Bill O’Connell / piano, Peter Washington / bass and John Riley / drums. The groups first CD Spring Cycle, released in 2007 was nominated Jazz Recording of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association of America and made it to #3 on the Jazz Week Jazz Chart. Next in 2010 the group released the critically acclaimed Vibes Straight Up, which hit #1 on its second week of airplay on Jazz Week and remained at #1 for seven weeks!

"This album is a beautiful tribute to Bobby Hutcherson. The playing is masterful, the compositions beautiful, and show a Bobby Hutcherson influence - in essence, a heartfelt and touching tribute."  Ron Miller (pianist and composer for Stan Getz, Pat Metheny, Red Rodney, Joe Lavano, Gerry Bergonzi, Ira Sullivan, Jerry Coker, Bruce Hornsby and more).

"This is a top notch release by one of the very best vibes and marimba players around today, bar none. Great playing, great musicians, top quality sound and very attractive choice of material. Highly recommended!". Randy Johnston, guitarist for Lionel Hampton, Lou Donaldson, Jackie McLean, Etta Jones, Jack McDuff, Houston Person, Dr. Lonnie Smith and more.

“Steve Hobbs has long been one of the most talented, if underrated vibraphonists around.”  Scott Yanow, Jazz Times  

“Hobbs sounds killin’!”  Mike Mainieri, award winning vibraphonist and producer

“I sure have enjoyed working several projects with Steve Hobbs; you can expect to hear lots more from him in the future.”  Kenny Barron, pianist

“Vibes Straight Up means swinging and also moving!”  John Ephland, Downbeat

Steve Hobbs' career began at age 7 playing hand drums. He started trumpet and drumset at age 11. At 17, he switched to vibes and from here things only went up. Steve attended Berklee College of Music, where he received his Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance in 1978. He continued his education by receiving a Master of Music in Jazz Mallet Performance in 1982 from the University of Miami.    

Throughout the years, Steve Hobbs has performed concerts and in jazz clubs in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. He has been a headliner at many Jazz festivals such as Candid Records Jazz Fest (London), Jazz City Jazz Fest (Edmonton, Canada), Houston International Jazz Fest, Cape May Jazz Fest, The Telluride Jazz Festival, Clearwater Jazz Holiday, City Stages (Birmingham, AL), Denver Jazz Fest, Duke University Jazz Series, Jacksonville Jazz Fest (FL), Denver Jazz Fest, Spoleto Festival (Charleston, SC), and World's Greatest Jazz Series (Atlanta). 

He has also performed with musical talents including Tom Harrell, Randy Johnston, Art Van Damme, Gary Bartz, James Spaulding, Don Friedman, Chuck Israels, Greg Abate, Giacomo Gates, Bruce Foreman, Kenny Blake, Jim Crawford, John Gross, Tito Puente, John Stowell, Kenny Blake, Greg Gisbert, Ken Walker, Spike Robinson, Ellen Rucker, Yuron Israel, Chris Potter, Gary Motley, Bill Anschell, and many more. 

Steve has done extensive touring as a leader or sideman with such players as Tom Harell, Art Van Damme, Randy Johnston, John Stowell, Janice Barnett ("Janice"), Johnny San Sone ("Jumpin' Johnny"), and many more. 

Steve has recorded as a leader or sideman with Kenny Barron, Steve Berrios, Alan Broadbent, Luis Conti, Bruce Foreman, Tom Harrell, Randy Johnston, Joe LaBarbera, Victor Lewis, Bob Malach, Eddie Marshall, Bill O'Connell, John Patitucci, Rufus Reid, John Riley, Bob Sheppard, Dave Valentin, Peter Washington, and many others.