MONTARA (CBS SF/AP) – Bobby Hutcherson, the bricklayer’s son who became one of the greatest, most inventive jazz vibraphonists to pick up a pair of mallets, has died. He was 75.

Longtime family friend Marshall Lamm says Hutcherson died Monday of complications related to emphysema at his Montara home.

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Best known for his post-bop recordings for Blue Note Records in the 1960s and ’70s, Hutcherson played with a litany of jazz greats as both bandleader and sideman during a career spanning more than 50 years. Among them were Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins and Dexter Gordon, the latter a childhood friend.

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“Enjoy the View,” the last of Hutcherson’s more than 40 albums, was released in 2014. At the time JazzTimes magazine called it a “worthy addition to an era-defining discography.”

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