Freddie Hubbard: Breaking Point


Breaking Point


Freddie Hubbard (trumpet)


Breaking Point (Blue Note BLP4172)

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Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), James Spaulding (alto sax), Joe Chambers (drums),

Eddie Khan (bass), Ronnie Matthews (piano)


Composed by Freddie Hubbard


Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, N.J., May 7, 1964


Rating: 98/100 (learn more)

Freddie Hubbard occasionally delved into more avant realms, and this track is a good example. A great tune—tune within a tune, actually—and arrangement by Freddie. Harmonically he takes it ‘out’ quite a bit, but the out-ness is always flawlessly executed. Unlike a lot of the free jazz trumpet players of the day, who would just blow air into the horn and move their fingers really fast, Freddie’s playing lines. Some nice collective playing on this one, too.

Reviewer: Randy Brecker

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  • 1 David Grundy // Jan 11, 2009 at 03:48 PM
    I wonder what players Randy Brecker has in mind when he talks about "a lot of the free jazz trumpet players of the day?" I often find that, when praising a particular player who's working in an experimental context, the critic (or musician) will make broad-brush generations which imply that most free jazz players couldn't play properly, were just hitting and hoping. It also occurs to me that perhaps some of them weren't INTERESTED in playing 'lines' as such - they were going for 'sound' instead - and this is an impulse you can hear in the 'dirty' sounding work of early jazz trumpet players as well.