Freddie Hubbard: Delphia
Freddie Hubbard (trumpet)
Red Clay (Legacy 85216)
Johnny Hammond (organ), Lenny White, Billy Cobham (drums), Airto Moriera (percussion).
Composed by Freddie Hubbard.
Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, January 27-29, 1970
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
As a cool, multipart travelogue, "Delphia"'s dual sections contrast in mood yet remain undisguised by nonseismic modulations to chord forms, dynamics and time signatures. Moving from soul jazz to slow blues to hard, odd-timed bop, an elegance is maintained that reflects an association with those musical styles. Most of the track is a showcase for Freddie Hubbard's soloing, which, in its gripping beauty, surfs atop the coloring. He plays some of his most lyrical lines here, and his status as bandleader does not deter the group from building and releasing tension at important times. Due to the immediacy that results from the track's subtlety, a togetherness of spirit is displayed that is made only more powerful by the clarity of Creed Taylor's production. At times, Hubbard's trumpet is supplanted by organ swells that sound like they are influenced by the likes of Jimmy Smith and Richard "Groove" Holmes, and such an addition simply adds spice. Ultimately, the A and B sections are repeated enough times to be remembered, and they provide the backbone for some amazing playing by Hubbard, whose relevance to jazz cannot be emphasized enough.
Reviewer: Marcus Singletary