Freddie HUBBARD – The Body And The Soul 1963

Freddie HUBBARD – The Body And The Soul  1963
1996 Issue.


Every jazz musician has at some point made a big band and/or strings album, and this is Hubbard’s foray into that genre. It’s very mellow, and surprisingly so, given Eric Dolphy’s participation and the fact that none other than Wayne Shorter did the arrangements.
At age 25, Freddie Hubbard made inroads into modern jazz most trumpeters could not imagine, much less come through with. As a soloist, one of Hubbard’s crowning achievements in his early period was this recording on which he teamed with Wayne Shorter, marginally as a performer but prominent in the role of arranger/conductor for his first time ever. Utilizing a septet, 16-piece big band, and orchestra plus stings to play concise, tight tunes, Shorter provides the backdrop to employ Hubbard’s bold toned trumpet and all of its devices in a full display of his powerful melodic talents. Yeoman Reggie Workman plays bass on all selections, with drummer Louis Hayes in the seven-piece combo, and great work from Philly Joe Jones in the larger bands. Interestingly enough, the three tracks with the smaller ensemble are the most interesting, due to the presence of Eric Dolphy, Curtis Fuller, Cedar Walton, and Shorter on the front line. “Clarence’s Place” is a post-bop jewel with spiky brass accents and Dolphy’s ribald and outre alto sax solo contrasting Shorter’s relatively reserved tenor, “Dedicated to You” is a wisp of a tune, while “Body & Soul,” an atypical choice for the opening selection, is a straight read of the classic ballad with a chart that sounds larger than the small horn section, and a wavering flute via Dolphy. The big band does an unusual soul-jazz treatment of the Brazilian number “Manha de Carnaval” flavored by Robert Northern’s French horn, while “Aries” is a hard bop show stopper with two-note accents buoying Hubbard’s great lyrical lines, and goes further into hard bop with “Thermo” as the horns demand attention with the trumpeter as an afterthought. The string section, ten pieces strong, joins the big band on the film noir type Duke Ellington piece “Chocolate Shake,” the stock “I Got It Bad,” and “Skylark,” with its soft clarion intro bubbling underneath with the violins, violas, and cellos. The manner in which this recording is programmed is thoughtful in that it lends to the diversity of the project, but is seamless from track to track. Dan Morgenstern’s hefty liner notes also explain the concept behind this ambitious project, one which did not compare to any of Hubbard’s other recordings in his career. Therefore it stands alone as one of the most unique productions in his substantive discography, and a quite credible initial go-round for Shorter as an orchestrator. By Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide.
1963’s THE BODY & THE SOUL finds a 25-year-old Freddie Hubbard commanding three different ensembles. The first ensemble is a stellar septet that features the sublime Eric Dolphy on alto saxophone and flute and Hubbard’s frequent collaborator, Wayne Shorter on tenor saxophone. One highlight is a gentle and memorable rendition of the classic “Body and Soul,” with Hubbard’s improvisations sliding closely around the well-loved melody. Dolphy’s ethereal flute provides a parenthetical introduction and coda. Where the septet shows Hubbard in familiar light, the larger ensembles show evidence of his young talent ready to blossom.

For the second and third ensembles, Shorter is back, serving as conductor and arranger and expanding into big-band and string arrangements. Though it would seem that such a lineup might heavily favor avant-garde experimentalism, two older standards, “Skylark,” by Hoagy Charmichael, and “I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good),” by Duke Ellington, are given reverential treatments. Hubbard’s playing is sensuous and articulate throughout. THE BODY & THE SOUL features two of the most formidable players and composers of ’60s and ’70s jazz expanding into new territory, all the while holding true to the music’s rich history.
Freddie Hubbard- (Trumpet, Horns);
Gene Orloff, Harry Lookofsky- (Vocals, Violin, Strings);
Julius Held, Sol Shapiro, Arnold Eidus, Morris Stonzek, Charles McCracken , Raoul Poliakin, Harry Katzman- (Violin, Strings);
Harry Cykman- (Violin);
Eric Dolphy- (Flute, Alto Sax);
Jerome Richardson- (Tenor, Baritone Sax);
Seldon Powell, Wayne Shorter- (Tenor Sax);
Charles Davis- (Baritone Sax);
Richard Gene Williams , Clark Terry, Ernie Royal, Edward Armour, Al DeRisi- (Trumpet);
Bob Northern, Julius Watkins- (French Horn, Horns);
Curtis Fuller, Melba Liston- (Trombone);
Robert Powell- (Tuba, Horns);
Cedar Walton- (Piano);
Joe Craig Jones, Louis Hayes, Philly Joe Jones- (Drums).
01. Body and Soul   4:39
02. Carnival (Manha de Carnival)   5:23
03. Chocolate Shake   3:56
04. Dedicated to You   3:24
05.. Clarence’s Place   3:26
06.. Aries   3:05
08. Skylark   4:33
09. I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good   3:41
10. Thermo   4:16

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2 Responses to “Freddie HUBBARD – The Body And The Soul 1963”

  1. Oh boy oh boy! I’m gonna like this! Thanks Monk!

    p.s. If you like jazz you might like my blog 😛

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