Freddie Hubbard – Blue Spirits (1965/2015) [Qobuz 24bit/192kHz]

Freddie Hubbard – Blue Spirits (1965/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192kHz | Time – 00:44:44 minutes | 1,58 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | © Blue Note Records
Recorded: February 19, (#1,4) and February 26, (#2,3,5), 1965 at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

One of the acknowledged giants of jazz trumpet, Freddie Hubbard recorded many albums for Blue Note in the 1960s including the 1965 hard bop gem, Blue Spirits, which found him in three different ensembles – an octet with congas and a euphonium, a septet with McCoy Tyner (piano), and a sextet with Herbie Hancock (piano, celeste) and Elvin Jones (drums) – and served as his last studio effort for the label. Also featured intermittently are Joe Henderson (tenor saxophone), Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone), Reggie Workman (bass) and Pete La Roca (drums) among others. The set is comprised of five diverse Hubbard originals including the Latin tinged “Soul Surge” and “Cunga Black” and the brooding numbers “Blue Spirits” and “Jodo.”

This CD, Freddie Hubbard’s last Blue Note release of the 1960s (with the exception of the blowing session The Night of the Cookers), adds two numbers to the original LP program and features the great trumpeter in three challenging settings ranging from a sextet to an octet. Hubbard uses such sidemen as altoist James Spaulding, tenors Joe Henderson and Hank Mobley, the euphonium of Kiane Zawadi, pianists Harold Mabern, McCoy Tyner and Herbie Hancock, bassists Larry Ridley, Bob Cranshaw and Reggie Workman, drummers Clifford Jarvis, Pete La Roca and Elvin Jones, the congas of Big Black and on one song bassoonist Hosea Taylor. The set is comprised of seven diverse Hubbard originals and, even though none of the songs caught on to become standards, the music is quite challenging and fairly memorable. -Scott Yanow

1 Soul Surge 10:24
2 Blue Spirits 12:12
3 Outer Forces 9:32
4 Cunga Black 5:13
5 Jodo 7:04

Tracks 1, 4:
Freddie Hubbard – trumpet
James Spaulding – alto saxophone (1), flute (4)
Joe Henderson – tenor saxophone
Harold Mabern – piano
Larry Ridley – bass
Clifford Jarvis – drums
Big Black – congas
Kiane Zawadi – euphonium
Tracks 2, 3, 5:
Freddie Hubbard – trumpet
Hank Mobley – tenor saxophone
James Spaulding – alto saxophone (3 & 5), flute (2)
McCoy Tyner – piano
Bob Cranshaw – bass
Pete LaRoca – drums
Kiane Zawadi – euphonium



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