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Freddie Hubbard

Jazz Moods – ‘Hot’

Sony Music EPC 516429 2

 

 

 

1

Red Clay

2

Take It To The Ozone

3

First Light

4

The Intrepid Fox

5

Sky Dive

6

Theme From Kareem

7

Straight Life

All seven tracks were recorded in the 1970s and are taken from five different albums – ‘Red Clay and ‘Intrepid Fox’ from the 1970 recording ‘Red Clay’ and ‘Straight Life’ from the 1970 release of the same name. Similarly, ‘First Light’ and ‘Sky Dive’ were issued under those names in 1972. ‘Take It To The Ozone’ and ‘Theme From Kareem’ were originally issued in 1978 as part of the ‘Super Blue Album.’

The 1960s were the ‘halcyon days’ for trumpeter Freddy Hubbard after his arrival as a young man in New York City – mainly influenced by the playing of Miles Davis, Clifford Brown and Kenny Dorham. Having recorded his debut album for Blue Note in 1960 he progressed to working with such as Eric Dolphy, Phily Joe Jones and Sonny Rollins before touring Europe with the Quincy Jones Orchestra. In 1961 he joined the famous Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers.

The tracks on this CD come from the next decade which, although not as exciting as the 60s, did produce some further ‘highs’ for Hubbard including ‘Red Clay’ ‘Straight Life’ and ‘First Light’ 1971 which won a Grammy award for the best small group performance. Hubbard’s concentration on jazz-rock during this period was considered by many as a cross-over to ‘easy-listening mood music’ and whilst his presentation and technique were as good as ever there was a definite lack of direction compared with his earlier work. So, the contents of this particular compilation are not as memorable as his ‘influential’ music of the 1960s but having said that it does represent part of the career of a musician who made a valuable and everlasting contribution to jazz and therefore should not be viewed in isolation.

Jack Ashby



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