Freddie HUBBARD – Keep Your Soul 1973

Freddie HUBBARD – Keep Your Soul 1973
CTI 6036


Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard’s CTI recordings have long been underrated and a bit downgraded by writers who get them confused with his much commercial output for Columbia. For this LP (not yet reissued on CD) Hubbard is heard in fine form on four of his originals (highlighted by “Spirits of Trane”) with a septet that includes tenor-saxophonist Junior Cook, keyboardist George Cables, guitarist Aurell Ray, either Kent Brinkley or Ron Carter on bass, drummer Ralph Penland and Juno Lewis on percussion. The music is sometimes funky but definitely creative jazz with Hubbard heard during his prime period.
By Scott Yanow, All Music Guide.
A fine and funky bit of soul jazz from trumpeter Freddie Hubbard in 1973. Ron Carter provides a very funky cycling bass line which ably anchors the song, along with the support of both drums and percussion. Over this both Hubbard and Junior Cook on tenor sax solo take extended periods. Of the two, Hubbard gets the bigger space, demonstrating what he’d learned through his years: staying mostly blue and groovy, he does manage at times to throw in shades of Miles’ bop playing. A light sprinkling of electric piano runs along behind this, somewhere between the rhythm and the solos.

There is not a lot of trumpeters in soul jazz, which mostly featured some combination of sax, guitar and organ. So it is a treat to hear this track, especially as it is one of the funkiest examples of the genre.
By Stewart Bremner.
Freddie Hubbard- Trumpet
Junior Cook- Tenor Sax
George Cables- Electric Piano
Aurell Ray- Guitar
Kent Brinkley- Bass
Ron Carter- Electric Bass
Ralph Penland- Drums
Juno Lewis- Percussion
A1. Brigitte
A2. Keep Your Soul Together
B1. Spirits Of Trane
B2. Destiny’s Children

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