Freddie Hubbard: But Beautiful
Freddie Hubbard (trumpet)
Open Sesame (Blue Note 4040)
McCoy Tyner (piano), Sam Jones (bass), Clifford Jarvis (drums).
Composed by Johnny Burke & Jimmy Van Heusen.
Recorded: Hackensack, NJ, June 19, 1960
Rating: 96/100 (learn more)
Freddie Hubbard was among the most frequent members of the Jazz Messengers' later years. He first appeared with the band in late 1961, recorded with frontline partners Curtis Fuller and Wayne Shorter, and appeared with the group as late as 1989 for The Art of Jazz. This outstanding 1960 session with the unique lineup of Tina Brooks, McCoy Tyner and Clifford Jarvis slightly predates Hubbard's arrival on the Messenger bandstand. Among the heavy hitters on this track, Brooks is the true standout, sensitively supporting Hubbard's poignant melody statement and following it with a superb improvised solo. These are young masters at the top of their game.
Reviewer: Eric Novod