Join date: Jan 2007
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Freddie Hubbard (1938.) - the underdog of jazz (well not really), one of the best trumpeters in the history of jazz, standing in the shadow of Miles Davis (only for the more unexperienced jazz listeners) and one of the most creative men ever to come out of Indianapolis, Indiana.

In his lifetime he played with practically everyone that has ever had any part in jazz history, he started working with Wes Montgomery and his brother Monk. After that he went on to form his first jazz ensemble - the Jazz Contemporaries.

When he reached the ripe age of 20 he moved to New York. He was introduced to a number of great players with whom he also collaborated trough the years to come: Philly Joe Jones (drums), Sonny Rollins (saxophone), Slide Hampton (trombone), J.J. Johnson (trombone, composer, arranger), Eric Dolphy (saxophone, flute, bass clarinet, they were roommates for some time) and Quincy Jones (trumpet, they toured Europe together).

His solo debut "Open Sesame" was recorded in 1960. That album, featuring Philly Joe Jones, Paul Chambers, Hank Mobley and McCoy Tyner established him as a top class trumpet player and composer.

In the time he recorded two albums that weren't as noticed as his debut but still worth listening: "Goin' Up" and "Hub Cap". And then came his masterpiece: "Ready for Freddie", which was also his first Blue Note recording, and his fist collaboration with Wayne Shorter.

A short time after, he joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers (he replaced Lee Morgan). Trough the 60's he recorded with a lot of other bandleaders, the most important of them was Herbie Hancock, for whom he played on "Empyrean Isles" and "Maiden Voyage".

He achieved the biggest popular success during the 70's. Moving on to fusion, he felt most comfortable playing hard-bop. Later on he formed a group with ex-Miles David players Hancock, Hayes, Shorter and Ron Carter, where he took the Davis role.

In the 80's he continued playing hard-bop and he also mixed it with modal jazz. At the end of the decade he teamed up with Art Blakey once again and recorded "Feel the Wind".

He is still trying to be active as much as he can, playing his unmistakable hard-bop style and mixing it with blues line without losing the context. He has now moved on from his early playing and replaced it with a more committed form of jazz.


Open Sesame (Blue Note 1960)
Goin' Up (Blue Note 1960)
Hub Cap (Blue Note 1961)
with Willie Wilson Minor Mishap (Blue Note/Black Lion 1961)
Ready For Freddie (Blue Note 1961)
The Artistry Of Freddie Hubbard (Impulse! 1962)
Hub-Tones (Blue Note 1962)
Here To Stay (Blue Note 1962)
The Body And Soul Of Freddie Hubbard (Impulse! 1963)
Breaking Point (Blue Note 1964)
Blue Spirits (Blue Note 1965)
The Night Of The Cookers - Live At Club La Marchal, Vol. 1 (Blue Note 1965)
The Night Of The Cookers - Live At Club La Marchal, Vol. 2 (Blue Note 1965)
Backlash (Atlantic 1967)
High Pressure Blues (Atlantic 1968)
The Black Angel (Atlantic 1969)
The Hub Of Hubbard (MPS 1970)
Red Clay (CTI 1970)
Straight Life (CTI 1970)
Sing Me A Song (Atlantic 1971)
First Light (CTI 1972)
Sky Dive (CTI 1973)
In Concert, Vol. 1 (CTI 1973)
In Concert, Vol. 2 (CTI 1973)
Keep Your Soul Together (CTI 1974)
Polar AC (CTI 1974)
High Energy (Columbia 1974)
Liquid Love (Columbia 1975)
Gleam (Sony 1975)
Windjammer (Columbia 1976)
Bundle Of Joy (Columbia 1977)
Super Blue (Columbia 1978)
Here To Stay 1961/1962 recordings (Blue Note 1979)
The Love Connection (Columbia 1979)
Skagly (Columbia 1980)
Live At The North Sea Jazz Festival (Pablo 1980)
Mistral (Liberty 1980)
Outpost (Enja 1981)
Splash (Fantasy 1981)
Rollin' (MPS 1981)
Keystone Bop: Sunday Night (Prestige 1982)
Born To Be Blue (Pablo 1982)
with Oscar Peterson Face To Face (Pablo 1982)
Back To Birdland (Real Time 1983)
Sweet Return (Atlantic 1983)
with Woody Shaw Double Take (Blue Note 1985)
with Shaw The Eternal Triangle (Note 1987)
with Benny Golson Stardust (Denon 1987)
Life Flight (Blue Note 1987)
with Art Blakey Feel The Wind (Timeless 1988)
Times "Are Changin" (Blue Note 1989)
Topsy: Standard Book (Triloka 1990)
Bolivia (Music Masters 1991)
Live At Fat Tuesday's (Music Masters 1992)
Live At The Warsaw Jazz Festival (Jazzmen 1992)
MMTC (Music Masters 1995)
Blues For Miles 1992 recording (Evidence 1996)
Above And Beyond 1982 recording (Metropolitan 1999)
New Colors (Hip Bop 2001)
with Jimmy Heath Jam Gems: Live At The Left Bank 1965 recording (Label M 2001)

The Best Of Freddie Hubbard 1970-73 recordings (Columbia 1990)
Ballads 1960-64 recordings (Blue Note 1997)

The jazz student
Acta est fabula
Join date: Jul 2003
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Quote by Nick_

The DVD this is from, "A Night With Blue Note", is also highly recommended. Great stuff.
He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt.
He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice.

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Join date: Jan 2007
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Thank you for sticking this. More AOTM to come. I will try to write one every month.
The jazz student
Join date: Jun 2006
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freddie hubbard is a beast, if you are a jazz fan you owe it to yourself to pick up red clay. The live version of red clay is relentless, with a particularly fierce guitar solo from george benson. Straight Life is also excellent.