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Trumpeter and jazz great Freddie Hubbard will be musically celebrated at Abyssinian Baptist Church Saturday, January 10 beginning at 1pm and is celebrated online with his official website: freddiehubbardmusic.com

Mr Hubbard is one of the greatest trumpeters in our time, with that said we’re honored to  somewhat compliment this celebration today as we’re featuring two contrasting recordings from the “Songs of Hubbard” musical songbook recorded over the years. If you also dig his music drop us a note and let us know what’s you favorite albums by Freddie Hubbard.

Freddie Hubbard | Blue Spirits [Jazz/Blue Note/1965]

Freddie Hubbard

Freddie Hubbard

I’ll confess, I initially bought this as it was another chance to hear my favorite tenor man Hank Mobley paired with my favorite trumpet player, Freddie Hubbard. I got much more than the hard bop outing I expected, as this album is a treasure trove of fantastic horn playing and elegant soulful compositions from Hubbard. There are three different groups represented here and I won’t go into complete personnel on each as that’s covered ably by Amazon’s product description.

According to the liner notes, this was the first time Hub had written for four horns. Well, if he was inexperienced, it certainly doesn’t show. All of the music is stellar. As on Ready for Freddie, I really enjoyed the addition of the euphonium. It’s just such an interesting sounding instrument, somewhere in between a trombone and a tuba. Big Black’s congas on “Soul Surge” and “Cunga Black” are another welcome tonal variation, adding a Latin feel without losing any of the jazz groove.

All of the musicians acquit themselves admirably. James Spaulding is given quite a bit to do on this album, as he contributes flute and alto sax. Hank Mobley is excellent as always on the selections he plays on and I enjoyed Joe Henderson’s tenor work as well. Both drummers are equally as solid, keeping smooth grooves going.

Of the two bonus tracks, “The Melting Pot” is quite good with a great rhythm and playing from all involved. “True Colors” is a bit more experimental, not really my cup of tea at this point. It’s not that its not good, its just a little more disjointed than I would prefer and there doesn’t seem to be a theme or groove to hold on to. If this is what’s considered avant guard, then I don’t think I’m quite at the stage of my jazz education where I can appreciate it.

All in all, another beautiful release by Freddie Hubbard.

~ Source: Amazon.com/Jack Baker

Hubbard, Red Clay

Hubbard, Red Clay

Freddie Hubbard | Red Clay [Contemporary Jazz/CTI/1970]

Before Freddie Hubbard signed with CTI Records in 1970, he was already considered one of the most brilliant jazz trumpeters in the world. RED CLAY, his debut album on the label, is an exceptional set of plugged-in hard bop fused with funk – and reportedly the album he considers his best. Joining him on five of the six cuts, is a crack quintet featuring longtime colleagues Joe Henderson and Herbie Hancock, on tenor saxophone and keyboards respectively. The final number, a previously un-issued, extended live jam on the title tune, finds Hubbard fronting an all-star septet that includes such fellow CTI stars as George Benson and Stanley Turrentine. ~ Amazon.com

Also, checkout the latest project by Mr. Hubbard on Times Square Records titled “On The Real Side.”