Art Blakey (featuring Freddie Hubbard): Blue Moon


Blue Moon


Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers


Three Blind Mice, Volume 1 (Blue Note CDP 7 84451)

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Art Blakey (drums), Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Curtis Fuller (trombone), Wayne Shorter (tenor sax), Cedar Walton (piano), Jymie Merritt (bass).

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

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