Greg Hutchinson \\ Drums
As a Musician
Ever since his professional debut as a teen-aged sideman for trumpeter Red Rodney, Greg Hutchinson has offered eloquent testimony that youth must have its say. Today he is still a young man, not yet out of his twenties, and still thick with the freshness of invention that was evident from the start. However, his youth is balanced with a maturity gained from valuable associations with the likes of Betty Carter and Joe Henderson.
After his work in the Betty Carter Trio, Hutchinson began a successful association with the Roy Hargrove Quintet, which continues to this day. The drummer has sparked Hargrove´s band on two records and numerous concert performances. During his time with the firebrand young trumpeter, Hutchinson continues to perform and record with more experienced artists, most notably tenor great Joe Henderson. His appearance on Henderson´s celebrated 'Lush Life' prompted Gary Giddins to call his drum work "elegant and dancing".
While still in school, Hutchinson toured the U.S. and abroad with Rodney before pianist Stephen Scott recommended him to one of jazzdom´s legendary ensemble leaders - Betty Carter. The young drummer rose to prominence during his two-year stint with Carter and, according to him, "cultivated a strong sense of coloring, dynamics and control. I could literally take a dinner break in between some of those beats Betty laid down," he quips.
Hutchinson´s own analysis of the styles of personal idols was enhanced by private studies at the Manhatten School of Music under Justin Diccicio, as well as lessons with Marvin 'Smitty' Smith and Kenny Washington. "Hutch´s playing proves he´s one of very few young drummers who´s learning the insides of the drums and the music," remarked Washington