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Freddie HUBBARD – The Body And The Soul 1963

Posted in Freddie HUBBARD, JAZZ on December 22, 2010 by whoisthemonk

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

Jazz

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.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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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Freddie HUBBARD – Gleam 1975

Posted in Freddie HUBBARD, JAZZ on November 27, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Freddie HUBBARD – Gleam 1975
SOPZ 100~101

Jazz

The concert at Yubin Chokin Hall, Tokyo, where this album was recorded. This music was great, and Freddie Hubbard is always wonderful. My favorite piece was Ebony Moonbeams. It was like going to a “dream place” then, and still is now.

Unfortunately this particular album is extremely difficult to get in the United States. But, one hopes that someday there will be a CD… Certainly anyone lucky enough to acquire this album is very fortunate.
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In contrast to his rather commercial Columbia albums of the period, this live double LP from Japanese Sony finds trumpeter Freddie Hubbard really digging into the material, even on such songs as “Put It in the Pocket,” “Midnight at the Oasis” and a memorable version of the Stevie Wonder-associated “Too High.” Hubbard and his working group of the time (which consisted of tenor-saxophonist Carl Randall, keyboardist George Cables, bassist Henry Franklin, drummer Carl Burnett and Buck Clark on congas) are in particularly creative form, especially on “Kuntu” and “Spirits of Trane.”
By Scott Yanow, All Music Guide.
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Bass [Fender]- Henry Franklin
Congas, Percussion- Buck Clark
Drums- Carl Burnett
Electric Piano- George Cables
Saxophone [Tenor], Flute- Carl Randall
Trumpet, Flugelhorn- Freddie Hubbard
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A1. Put It In The Pocket  9:29
Composed By – C. Randall , F. Hubbard
A2. Ebony Moonbeams  12:33
Composed By – G. Cables
B1. Betcha By Golly Wow  8:49
Composed By – L. Creed , T. Bell
B2. Spirits Of Trane  9:15
Composed By – F. Hubbard
C1. Kuntu  22:22
Composed By – F. Hubbard
D1. Midnight At The Oasis  7:23
Composed By – D. Nichtern
D2. Too High  16:19
Composed By – S. Wonder
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Clark TERRY, Freddie HUBBARD, Dizzy GILLESPIE – The Alternate Blues 1980

Posted in Clark TERRY, Dizzy GILLESPIE, Freddie HUBBARD, JAZZ on November 24, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Clark TERRY, Freddie HUBBARD, Dizzy GILLESPIE – The Alternate Blues 1980
Plus Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Joe Pass, Bobby Durham
1990 Issue.

Jazz

This CD is a straight reissue of a Pablo LP. Norman Granz teamed together the very distinctive trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard and Clark Terry with pianist Oscar Peterson, guitarist Joe Pass, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Bobby Durham for a “Trumpet Summit.” This particular release features (with one exception) unissued material from the session. There are four versions of a slow blues (only the fourth was released before), all of which have very different solos from the three trumpeters. In addition they interact on “Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams” and share the spotlight on a three-song ballad medley; Hubbard’s “Here’s That Rainy Day” is hard to beat. This release is not quite essential but fans of the trumpeters will want to pick it up.”
By Scott Yanow. AMG.
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Dizzy Gillespie- Trumpet;
Freddie Hubbard- Trumpet,Flugelhorn;
Clark Terry- Trumpet,Flugelhorn;
Oscar Peterson- (Piano);
Joe Pass- (Guitar);
Ray Brown- (Bass);
Bobby Durham- (Drums).
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01. Alternate One 5:28
02. Alternate Two 8:00
03. Alternate Three 9:01
04. Alternate Four 9:33
05. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams 8:51
06. Ballad Medley: Here’s That Rainy Day,Gypsy, If I Should Lose You 7:39
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Benny GOLSON Featuring Freddie HUBBARD – Stardust 1987

Posted in Benny GOLSON, Freddie HUBBARD, JAZZ on November 24, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Benny GOLSON Featuring Freddie HUBBARD – Stardust 1987

Jazz

Here’s an all-star hard-bop quintet perfectly balanced between the erudite and introspective (tenorist Golson, bassist Ron Carter), the bristling and blues-oriented (pianist Mulgrew Miller and drummer Marvin “Smitty” Smith) and featuring the superb, albeit inconsistent, trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, who is very close to the top of his game. Golson and Hubbard are ex-Jazz Messengers with a proven affinity for trading horn riffs, and they deftly synergize their contrasting styles, especially on the two standards — the opening title track and a hastily-paced “Love Is a Many Splendored Thing.”

The two Hubbard tunes far eclipse previous versions, especially “Povo” (first heard on the CTI disc Sky Dive), which clicks from a ululating Carter intro to Smith’s funky rhythmic architecture to blistering, ripple-toned extended notes from Hubbard; Smith pours on more beats, and Miller’s chords assume funk primacy. Golson sets up an internal dialogue and then starts to stretch as Smith drops in a cowbell and the two horns circle-dance a bit — and we’re barely halfway through the 12:13 time length.

Hubbard’s slightly out-there closer, “Far Away” (first appearing on Breaking Point from 1964), is an impressionistic gem slightly akin to Herbie Hancock’s “Maiden Voyage.” Like “Povo,” the song unfurls a large canvas and makes marvelous use of Carter’s stylistic breadth and kinetic flair. Golson’s dulcet “Sad to Say” is a welcome and quiet change of pace, far better than the novelty simplicity of “Gypsy Jingle-Jangle.” Recorded in 1987, when Golson and Hubbard had been through a number of career phases, Carter was an eminence and Smith and Miller were burgeoning first-call players, this is salt-and-pepper hard bop with an appetizing blend of muscle and maturity.
By Britt Robson.
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Benny Golson– Tenor Sax
Freddie Hubbard– Trumpet
Ron Carter- Bass
Marvin Smitty Smith– Drums
Mulrgew Miller– Piano
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01. Stardiust 9:10
02. Double Bass 9:22
03. Gipsy Jingle -Jangle 4:42
04. Povo 12:14
05. Love Is A Many Splendored Thing 7:30
06. Sad To Say 10:17
07. Far Away 13:47
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Freddie HUBBARD – Keep Your Soul 1973

Posted in Freddie HUBBARD, JAZZ on November 16, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Freddie HUBBARD – Keep Your Soul 1973
CTI 6036

Jazz

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.
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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.
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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
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A1. Brigitte
A2. Keep Your Soul Together
B1. Spirits Of Trane
B2. Destiny’s Children
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