Freddie Hubbard: Theme for Kareem

Track

Theme for Kareem

Artist

Freddie Hubbard (trumpet)

CD

Super-Blue (Columbia JC35386)

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Musicians:

Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Hubert Laws (flute), Joe Henderson (tenor sax), Kenny Barron (keyboards), Ron Carter (bass), Jack DeJohnette (drums).

Composed by Freddie Hubbard

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Recorded: New York, March 30-31 & April 1, 4, 1978

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Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

This track transports me right back to where I first heard it—my living room in 1978, the year it came out. I literally jumped to attention when I heard this track. It was kind of the culmination of everything Freddie Hubbard had done up to that point: improving his high register and smoothing out his sound (he’s playing flugelhorn on this one, I think, or a trumpet with a really dark sound), but also using all his devices—double time, single tonguing certain notes, just at the right moment, with great taste and to great effect. Freddie’s extended solo is so exciting and well thought out, right in there on top of the time—amazing. What a wonderful tune—a blues feel but ‘altered’ in true Freddie fashion. And, oh yeah, Jack DeJohnette swings his ass off!

Reviewer: Randy Brecker

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