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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Pinnacle: Live & Unreleased From Keystone Korner

1. The Intrepid Fox (Live)

2. First Light (Live)

3. One Of Another Kind (Live)

4. Happiness Is Now (Live)

5. The Summer Knows (Live)

6. Blues For Duane (Live)

7. Giant Steps (Live)

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Track List: Freddie Hubbard The Artist Selects

1. The Core

2. Crisis

3. Up Jumped Spring (live)

4. Prophet Jennings

5. Lament For Booker

6. Breaking Point

7. Karioka

8. The Melting Pot

9. Birdlike

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Track List: Fastball: Live At The Left Bank

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Track List: Priceless Jazz Collection

1. Happy Times

2. Skylark

3. Thermo

4. Ladies Night

5. Body And Soul

6. Dedicated To You

7. Caravan

8. Aries

9. Swing It

10. Summertime

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Track List: Here To Stay

1. Philly Mignon

2. Father & Son

3. Body And Soul

4. Nostrand And Fulton

5. Full Moon And Empty Arms

6. Assunta

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Track List: Sky Dive

1. Povo

2. In A Mist

3. Naturally

4. The Godfather

5. Skydive

6. Naturally [Alternate Take]

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Track List: Straight Life

1. Straight Life

2. Mr. Clean

3. Here's That Rainy Day

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Track List: First Light

1. First Light

2. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey

3. Moment To Moment

4. Yesterday's Dreams

5. Lonely Town (From "On The Town")

6. Fantasy In D

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Track List: Red Clay

1. Red Clay

2. Delphina

3. Suite Soux

4. The Intrepid Fox

5. Cold Turkey

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Track List: Backlash

1. Backlash

2. The Return Of The Prodigal Son

3. Little Sunflower

4. On The Que-Tee

5. Up Jumped Spring

6. Echoes Of Blue

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Track List: Blue Spirits

1. Soul Surge

2. Blue Spirits

3. Outer Forces

4. Cunga Black

5. Jodo

6. The Melting Pot

7. True Colors

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Track List: The Body & The Soul

1. Body And Soul

2. Carnival (Manha De Carnaval)

3. Chocolate Shake

4. Dedicated To You

5. Clatence's Place

6. Aries

7. Skylark

8. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)

9. Thermo

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Track List: The Artistry of Freddie Hubbard

1. Caravan

2. Bob's Place

3. Happy Times

4. Summertime

5. The 7th Day

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Track List: Ready For Freddie

1. Arietis

2. Weaver Of Dreams

4. Birdlike

5. Crisis

6. Arietis (Alternate Take)

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Track List: Goin' Up

1. Asiatic Raes

2. The Changing Scene

3. Karioka

4. A Peck A Sec.

5. I Wished I Knew

6. Blues For Brenda

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Track List: On The Real Side (70th Birthday Celebration)

2. Up Jumped Spring

3. Theme For Kareem

4. On The Real Side

6. Skydive

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Red Clay and First Light as well as all the CTI recordings were the soundtrack of my high school years
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What an AWESOME track Mr Freddie Hubbard..... Yessssssss
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I'm so mad at myself that i waited my whole life to listen to Jazz. What a masterpiece, Freddie and his supporting cast of great musicians, magical! !
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mooyoo.77
I first heard Freddie preform this tune in the mid sixties at Rutgers univ. in Newark, new jersey,at this time he called the tune Mississippi mud, but when the record came out it was changed to red clay.
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Talk about BK to the fullest..... this needs to be known and if the right artist is out there used in modern music for the younger generations to appreciate the awesomeness of this track....
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Awesome. Loving the sound to my ears.
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Freddie just puts you in that right spot
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He is the best!out right!
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Just a kick jam.��
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Iam only 8 but play trumpet and into Freddie's music
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his trumpet solo on dolphin dance remains one of my favorites...
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Met him. In a diner after performance at. Village vanguard great guy gave me a ride to jersey great guy and awesome trumpet player loved his red clay alblum
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Makes me stop what I'm doing and close my eyes and...wow.
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amazing
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All I can say is night of the Cookers!!!
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Freddie Hubbard never leaves you dissatisfied
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watander1955
intense a bad jam
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A beautiful song I fell in love with this track it will definitely be in my top 10 hits
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My jam
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not to forget Freddie was a prolific composer!!! Yeah
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jazzdadman
Can't ever have too much Freddie H. in u'r music library!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Always sensed a melancholic approach in Freddie's masterful style. He could soar with the best of 'em !
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kuncedlb
This is life
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Love this song
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very nice freddie
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Very jassy
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give yourself a treat and listen to Sky Dive & Son of Sky Dive!!!
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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?
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Loved This Cut Back In My Day Allll Yale Your That Chocolate Star Still Sounds Good To Me Today Classic Timeless !!!!!!!
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A great Jazz Man MaidenVoyage still one of the best tunes.
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mokie53
I'm that sugar thang that Chocolate Star!x!x!x!
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Kudos, this is the good stuff. First Light is a classic, timeless piece of artistry.
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CJSIX this is Freddie the quite storm!!!!! 5stars
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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!
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Grown folks music....
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solid and personal. just plain good
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Red Clay and the hub of hubbard - 2 of my fav albums
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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!!
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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.
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I absolutely LOVE this song! It always makes me feel good everytime I hear it.
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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.
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No greater! There may be others as great but Freddie Hubbard resides in the highest strata of the atmosphere. Every note a gift.
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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.
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A master technician.. . h i s CTI vinyl are among the coolest jazz sounds I have ever heard
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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.
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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 .
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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.
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fauxy12
An Amazing Artist, I absolutely love him!!!
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bluebrass39
Freddie, there will never be another you. All my gratitude for the great music..... RIP
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The epitome of cool...
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