Freddie Hubbard: Red Clay


Red Clay


Freddie Hubbard (trumpet)


Red Clay (CBS ZK 40809)

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Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Herbie Hancock (piano), Ron Carter (bass), Lenny White (drums), Joe Henderson (tenor sax).

Composed by Freddie Hubbard


Recorded: January 27-29, 1970


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

This album was a new direction for Freddie Hubbard. It starts with a rubato section where once again Freddie is his Nogento ("Stanky") self. Then into a great tune with (for the genre) a quite musical and developed solo; funky but he also takes it out a bit—this was the first time I had heard him do that ascending lip trill thing. Nice arrangement with backgrounds behind the soloists. Joe Henderson also plays some great stuff. My buddies and I were excited when this come out, because we played frequently with Lenny White at jam sessions, and it felt to us like he had really ‘made it’ with this release.

Reviewer: Randy Brecker

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  • 1 Peter J. // Dec 29, 2008 at 07:40 AM
    I'd think 96/100. The groove is so deep and the solos so satisfying. Why wasn't/isn't there much more of this type of fusion from Hubbard and others? What did CTI start so good and go so bad? Why is Hubbard's similar "Super Blue" (1978?) long out of print?