Sunday, April 11, 2010

Freddie HUBBARD - The Artistry of Freddie Hubbard 1962

Freddie HUBBARD - The Artistry of Freddie Hubbard 1962
JAS 71, A 27
1963 Repress Issue


This 1962 effort was Freddie Hubbard's first recording under his own name for Impulse (MCA). Fellow Jazz Messenger Curtis Fuller and newcomer John Gilmore color the proceedings with adds trombone and tenor saxophone, respectively. These rock-solid, post-bop horn players are backed by the formidable rhythm section of Tommy Flanagan on piano, Art Davis on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums. Hubbard's shimmering style and clear tone show a clear debt to the late Clifford Brown and a nod to the bold sonic curiosity of John Coltrane. These are some hot young players pushing a classic format forward.

The opening track is Duke Ellington's intoxicating "Caravan." The horns play the theme loosely above the dark undercurrent of Davis's and Hayes' playing. The piece explodes into a Hubbard solo that shows why he was the most talked-about young trumpeter of that era. The exceptional quality of his tone and range are amply displayed in his Latin-tinged version of the tender Gershwin standard "Summertime." On the closing track, "The 7th Day," Hubbard and his sextet ride a sultry cool jazz groove for all it's worth and build patiently to some bold exchanges, bowing out with a slow fade.
Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard leads a particularly talented sextet (with trombonist Curtis Fuller, a rare outing away from Sun Ra for tenor saxophonist John Gilmore, pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Art Davis, and drummer Louis Hayes) on three of his originals and strong versions of "Summertime" and "Caravan." This advanced hard bop music was reissued on CD in 1996 with 20-bit mastering.
By Scott Yanow, All Music Guide.
Bass- Art Davis
Drums- Louis Hayes
Piano- Tommy Flanagan
Tenor Sax- John Gilmore
Trombone- Curtis Fuller
Trumpet- Freddie Hubbard
A1. Caravan  7:26 
A2. Bob's Place  10:04 
A3. Happy Times  4:28 
B1. Summertime  9:45 
B2. The 7th Day  10:40 



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