Art Blakey (featuring Freddie Hubbard): Blue Moon
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
Three Blind Mice, Volume 1 (Blue Note CDP 7 84451)
Composed by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart.
Recorded: Live at the Renaissance Club, Los Angeles, CA, March 18, 1962
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
Freddie Hubbard is a great balladeer. He grabs you from the very first phrase. Dynamics are in evidence, as is his use (or non-use) of distinctive vibrato. One can hear the influence of Clifford Brown (no trumpeter can escape that when playing a ballad), but Freddie is his own man. His second phrase at 2:35 into the tune is so memorable and literally breathtaking—it took big breath to play it! Great dynamics from the band and from Freddie. A fantastic, melodic out-chorus, all subtle twists and turns, with some great rubato phrases at the end of the arrangement (Cedar Walton’s arrangement is so inventive) and a wonderful and tasteful cadenza. In short, music wins over technique.
Reviewer: Randy Brecker