Freddie Hubbard: Hub-Tones




Freddie Hubbard (trumpet)


Hub-Tones (Blue Note 84115)

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Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), James Spaulding (alto sax, flute), Herbie Hancock (piano), Reggie Workman (bass), Clifford Jarvis (drums).

Composed by Freddie Hubbard


Recorded: October 10, 1962


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

In 1962, Freddie Hubbard and Herbie Hancock volunteered their talents on each other's records: Hubbard performing on Hancock's first album as a leader, Takin' Off, and Hancock performing on Hubbard's classic Hub-Tones 4 months later. While the interplay between these two young and fertile minds is most often considered this record's greatest historical significance, many other elements also make Hub-Tones memorable. For one thing, it contains some of Hubbard's finest compositions, from the stunning "Lament for Booker" (dedicated to fellow trumpeter Booker Little, who died of uremia the previous year at age 23) to the challenging up-tempo burn of the title track. What makes the latter such a standout is the playing of two other musicians on the session. James Spaulding is in top early form here, rivaled perhaps only by his performances on Wayne Shorter's Schizophrenia and/or Horace Silver's The Jody Grind. Another key element is the fiery drumming of longtime Sun Ra sideman Clifford Jarvis, here on full display, swinging and soloing as freely and as hard as any of his post-bop contemporaries of the early '60s.

Reviewer: Eric Novod

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