Freddie Hubbard: Mirrors




Freddie Hubbard (trumpet)


Breaking Point (Blue Note CDP 784172 2)

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Freddie Hubbard (trumpet),

James Spaulding (alto sax & flute), Ronnie Mathews (piano), Eddie Kahn (bass), Joe Chambers (drums)


Composed by Joe Chambers


Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, May 7, 1964


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

In this beautiful Joe Chambers composition, the lyrical side of the often stratospheric Freddie Hubbard is heard to great effect. After Ronnie Mathews's sensitive piano intro sets the mood, a shimmering, unified duet between Hubbard and versatile reedman James Spaulding on flute complete the visual image. Hubbard's restraint shows a great feel for this eerie piece. When he finally breaks into his solo, his normally soaring upper register work is tastefully reduced to an understated, Miles-like middle-register burst of musical ideas. Never a mimic, he punctuates the end of his solo with what now is a trademark Hubbard voicing. At only 26, Hubbard demonstrates he could play a ballad with the best of them. Spaulding's flute work is an airy, dancing delight that stirs the soul. Mathews's piano, Kahn's bass and Chambers's subtle drumming mesh in perfect harmony to keep this ballad moving deftly. A rare, restrained Freddie Hubbard performance makes this understated piece an unsung classic.

Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello

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