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Fave Freddie Hubbard sides

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In light of this morning's sad news, I thought it might be good to start a tribute thread to Freddie's recordings, which I'm sure many of us will be revisiting over the next few days. For me, BREAKING POINT, OPEN SESAME, the Keystone live dates, and RED CLAY are some of the records I've found myself spinning a lot throughout the years (and, in the past year, the Mosaic reissue of SUPER BLUE).

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Free For All, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers

Out to Lunch, Eric Dolphy

Open Sesame

and many others....

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Can't say Freddie was one of my favourite trumpet players but there are a few of his albums I like a lot. "Backlash" and "Life flight" are probably my favourites, with "A soul experiment" and "Hubbard & Turrentine in concert" arriving shortly afterwards. "Open sesame" gets a lot of plays here, but because of Tina Brooks.

I think I prefer some of the stuff he's done as a sideman - in particular his work on Charles Earland's "Leaving this planet", Dexter Gordon's "Clubhouse", Mobley's "Turnaround" and Hancock's "Maiden voyage".

MG

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One of my favorite CDs he is on is the Hutcherson-Hill CD Dialogue (also Out to Lunch). Now I can't recall how prominent the trumpet is, but I believe it is a prominent role. I'm hoping to dig it out later today.

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I like Ready For Freddie and Hub Tones for the compositions as well as his playing to name a few.

As a side man is great on Speak No Evil but I think my favorite all time session by him is on Herbie's Empyrean Isles.

He is amazing on that. What a loss. RIP Mr. Hubbard.

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Hub-Tones

Open Sesame

Hub Cap

Ready For Freddie

Breaking Point

Red Clay

True Blue (Tina Brooks)

Free For All (Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers)

Buhaina's Delight (Art Blakey)

Out to Lunch (Eric Dolphy)

....and many, many others...

Edited by Cyril

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Blue Spirits, Ready for Freddie and “Pensativa” from Night of the Cookers.

As a sideman: Compulsion and True Blue.

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I think I like his work best on Hancock's Maiden Voyage and Brooks' True Blue.

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As a leader, 'Ready for Freddie'. And I love him at 'Empyrean Isles'.

But I think there's also much to enjoy on his CTI albums.

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There are so many great sides but Herbie's Maiden Voyage and Super Blue are my favorites..

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There are so many great sides but Herbie's Maiden Voyage and Super Blue are my favorites..

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Yes that Maiden Voyage was my first real intro to his groove.

A local station played Us3's "Cantaloupe" for years as it's intro and break source ... years ago i remember a shopper at a Borders was asking the clerk for the tune he "kept hearing all the time". I had to step in and let him know that it was a Brit revamp and that he had to get the real deal and showed him the Herbie and Freddie sections.

R.I.P.

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The Blues and the Abstract Truth

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as a leader:

Ready For Freddie

Breaking Point

Straight Life

Red Clay

First Light

Skydive (ditched the shitty sounding CBS CD years ago)

Keystone Bop: Friday and Saturday Nights

Keystone Bop: Sunday Night

Born to be Blue

Live at the Northsea Jazz Festival

as a sideman:

Dialogue

Components

Free For All

Ugetsu

True Blue

Speak No Evil

Maiden Voyage

Empyrean Isles

Sugar

CTI Summer Jazz at the Hollywood Bowl

California Concert

Ascension

One Night With Blue Note Preserved

Face to Face

The Trumpet Summit Meets the Oscar Peterson Big 4

VSOP

Tempest in the Colosseum

Live Under the Sky

The Griffith Park Collection Vol 2: In Concert

Edited by CJ Shearn

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Ready For Freddie, Here To Stay, and Open Sesame have long been favorites. And "Blues For Brenda" from the Goin' Up album is a big favorite track. He was also, as some have pointed out here, a superb sideman. Red Clay, however, never did much for me.

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'Breaking Point' and 'Blue Spirit' are hard to beat.

As are 'Hub Cap', 'Hub Tones' and 'Ready For Freddie'. All great faves. 'Night Of The Cookers' too, in its wild and crazy way.

His sideman work on Sam Rivers 'Contours', Herbie's 'Maiden Voyage' and 'Empyrean Isles' is first rate. Plus every single thing he recorded on Blue Note with Blakey. :tup

I also like most of the Atlantics. Currently spinning 'High Blues Pressure' and that one is under-rated.

Fabulous playing also on Kenny Drew 'Undercurrent' (also just given that one a spin).

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The Hub Of Hubbard (MPS) will always be special to me. That stuff is just nuts, and in the best possible way.

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Favorite leader dates:

Goin' Up Up Up

The Artistry of Freddie Hubbard

Breaking Point

Ready for Freddie

As sideman:

Out to Lunch!

Compulsion!!!

Dialogue

Components

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and 'Blues and the Abstract Truth'. Nearly forgot that one..

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I don't think I've heard a bad one, but personally:

Open Sesame/True Blue

Blues And The Abstract Truth

Bluesnik (Jackie Mac)

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listening to Keystone Bop: Friday/Saturday now. A true reminder of how on top of his game Freddie was in 1981, the year I was born. Some prime JoeHen here as well.

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I'm coming down on the sideman side, and Dialogue, particularly Ghetto Lights, and Maiden Voyage were the first two to jump, along with Night of the Cookers. It's the intense drive of the theme of Jodo that kept me coming back to that album over and over.

If we're going to mention Ascension, let's not forget Free Jazz. He always seemed to be around when history was being made. Big ears and an open mind.

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One that hasn't been mentioned yet is the often-neglected Outpost on Enja. The version of "You Don't Know What Love Is" on this album is one of my all-time favorite ballad performances by anyone.

And a really off-the-beaten-path personal favorite is the truly bizarre and often downright disturbing Sing Me A Song of Songmy.

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