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Freddie Hubbard

One of the great jazz trumpeters of all time, Freddie Hubbard formed his sound out of the Clifford Brown/Lee Morgan tradition, and by the early '70s was immediately distinctive and the pacesetter in jazz. However, a string of blatantly commercial albums later in the decade damaged his reputation and, just when Hubbard, in the early '90s (with the deaths of Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis), seemed perfectly suited for the role of veteran master, his chops started causing him serious troubles.

Born and raised in Indianapolis, Hubbard played early on with Wes and Monk Montgomery. He moved to New York in 1958, roomed with Eric Dolphy (with whom he recorded in 1960), and was in the groups of Philly Joe Jones (1958-1959), Sonny Rollins, Slide Hampton, and J.J. Johnson, before touring Europe with Quincy Jones (1960-1961). He recorded with John Coltrane, participated in Ornette Coleman's Free Jazz (1960), was on Oliver Nelson's classic Blues and the Abstract Truth album (highlighted by "Stolen Moments"), and started recording as a leader for Blue Note that same year. Hubbard gained fame playing with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers (1961-1964) next to Wayne Shorter and Curtis Fuller. He recorded Ascension with Coltrane (1965), Out to Lunch (1964) with Eric Dolphy, and Maiden Voyage with Herbie Hancock, and, after a period with Max Roach (1965-1966), he led his own quintet, which at the time usually featured altoist James Spaulding. A blazing trumpeter with a beautiful tone on flügelhorn, Hubbard fared well in freer settings but was always essentially a hard bop stylist.

In 1970, Freddie Hubbard recorded two of his finest albums (Red Clay and Straight Life) for CTI. The follow-up, First Light (1971), was actually his most popular date, featuring Don Sebesky arrangements. But after the glory of the CTI years (during which producer Creed Taylor did an expert job of balancing the artistic with the accessible), Hubbard made the mistake of signing with Columbia and recording one dud after another; Windjammer (1976) and Splash (a slightly later effort for Fantasy) are low points. However, in 1977, he toured with Herbie Hancock's acoustic V.S.O.P. Quintet and, in the 1980s, on recordings for Pablo, Blue Note, and Atlantic, he showed that he could reach his former heights (even if much of the jazz world had given up on him). But by the late '80s, Hubbard's "personal problems" and increasing unreliability (not showing up for gigs) started to really hurt him, and a few years later his once mighty technique started to seriously falter. In late 2008, Hubbard suffered a heart attack that left him hospitalized until his death at age 70 on December 29 of that year.Freddie Hubbard's fans can still certainly enjoy his many recordings for Blue Note, Impulse, Atlantic, CTI, Pablo, and his first Music Masters sets. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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Track List: Fastball: Live At The Left Bank

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Track List: Straight Life

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Track List: The Artistry of Freddie Hubbard

Comments

Always sensed a melancholic approach in Freddie's masterful style. He could soar with the best of 'em !
kuncedlb
This is life
Love this song
very nice freddie
Very jassy
rmeltch
give yourself a treat and listen to Sky Dive & Son of Sky Dive!!!
I was 14yrs. old when I read a downbeat article in which Miles mentioned the meteoric enigma of a jazz musician. circa. 1960 What planet is we from?
Loved This Cut Back In My Day Allll Yale Your That Chocolate Star Still Sounds Good To Me Today Classic Timeless !!!!!!!
A great Jazz Man MaidenVoyage still one of the best tunes.
mokie53
I'm that sugar thang that Chocolate Star!x!x!x!
Kudos, this is the good stuff. First Light is a classic, timeless piece of artistry.
CJSIX this is Freddie the quite storm!!!!! 5stars
Louis Armstrong, Miles, Clifford, Lee, and Freddie are my favorite trumpet players of all time. If you can find the album "The Cooker" with Lee n Freddie head cutting each other it is a sickening display of virtuosity!
Grown folks music....
solid and personal. just plain good
Red Clay and the hub of hubbard - 2 of my fav albums
MR. HUBBARD played in Chicago in the mid 60's. I was lucky enough to go to 3 or 4 of his gigs ! FABULOUS!!!! He also made himself available between sets to shoot the s**t, humble dude!!
For an unforgettabl e experience, pick up 'One Night With Blue Note: The Historic ...All-Star Reunion Concert (1985.') This DVD captures Hub at his fiery, wiry best! Actually, everybody cooks on this one.
I absolutely LOVE this song! It always makes me feel good everytime I hear it.
Freddie Hubbard was one of the greatest. His music pulled me through a dark period of my life. I am so grateful for Freddie Hubbard's crystal sound.
No greater! There may be others as great but Freddie Hubbard resides in the highest strata of the atmosphere. Every note a gift.
Getting into a new love -jazz at 41. I love Chris Botti which is leading me to all of the other jazz greats. It's exciting to witness new music which stirs your soul recorded years ago. I've noticed as I've grown spiritually, my taste in even music has grown. Chet Baker, John Coltrane, Terrance Blanchard, Miles Davis, very grateful for their talent. It brings me peace and enjoyment.
A master technician.. . h i s CTI vinyl are among the coolest jazz sounds I have ever heard
one of the greatest ever if not the greatest,lis t e n to his music and hell take you back to a good time in your life.
Freddie Hubbard was a guest soloist with my college jazz ensemble in the early 1990s. He was emerging from dark times, but his playing was genius. It was unforgettabl e .
Actually I thought his first album in the 70's on Columbia, 'High Energy' was a masterpiece. Can't find it's anywhere. When I was 18 years old mme an a buddy, sneaked into a club in Santa Monica called'The Onion Roll',, stood against the wall, and witnessed a true genius. He was drunk as a skunk,and flawless. I coul;d smell the liquor whenever he picked up the flugglehorn. He was so underated.
fauxy12
An Amazing Artist, I absolutely love him!!!
bluebrass39
Freddie, there will never be another you. All my gratitude for the great music..... RIP
The epitome of cool...
Great sound, Great choice of notes, Great collection of musicians all are truly playing their hearts. The result is music you can close your eyes to and drift, connect, then drift some more, connect again, man! isn't that one of the pleasures of life. Thank you Freddy I'll meet you again on your next tune.
webersf
I had the privelege hearing him many times at Keystone Corner in Frisco and talking with him too. Anyway he is was a past master a truly wonderful muscular player ! Freddie, you are missed !
Freddie Hubbard was one of the many jazz greats who has left a legendary distentive mark in the mind of a lot of jazz listeners.
AND I GOT THE VERSION OF NOSTRAND AND FULTON WITH HUBB AND SHAW!!! VERY VERY SICK!
ANOTHER BIG BOPPER MY JAZZ FRIENDS...FR E D D I E HUBBAPHONE. HE IS THE INSTURMENT!! !
Halfway through "I've Got it Bad," Freddie departs from the smooth line and barks out a low sound that to me, at least, sounds like "Woof!" - innovative, and I totally love it -- but I wonder, was he just cleaning out his spit valve? Any ideas?
if you listen this music has all the best styles of Jazz in it. You can pick them out in 'Crisis' Just listen!
jkudapaul
Opened the door to the wonderful world of Jazz for me. I will true miss him. I waited for Miles to come back, so I waited for Freddie too.
One my absolute favorites!!! Amazing musician, period.
One of the best ever!!!
This is not Freddy's bio. I would like people to know more about him. Freddy is the man, I might put him right up there even with miles. He's got power, strength, and he expressed it. I try and mimic him often in my rehearsal.
After MILES, this guy.
jackperr
I grew up listening to freddie, clifford and lee. What a joy they bring to me....
it is difficult to listen freddie because he is dead. he sounds so joyful and expressive.. . .
blackknightv
Freddie, I will Hear you in the hereafter since I did not get to hear you here.
amoore2867
Freddie Hub was and still is my long lost childhood friend/broth e r when we played together in Indy both sports and music. His trumpet is the best.
Wow...Freddi e hit the magic "Holy Grail" with his "First Light"...an amazing sound...his play opened the gates of Heavens...I am in ecstasy... Man
Get ready for Freddie!
rayraybann
FREDDIE YOU WERE A GOD !!!!!!!!!!! R. I. P.
easy624702
Your music got thru college.Than k s for the memories
60's jazz speaks to me big, nobody louder than the artestry of freddie hubbard, 3 songs in particular.. . c a r a v a n , summertime, and my fav the 7th day...enjoy
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