Freddie Hubbard: Here's That Rainy Day


Here's That Rainy Day


Freddie Hubbard (trumpet)


Straight Life (CTI 16007)

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Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), George Benson (guitar), Ron Carter (bass), Jack DeJohnette (drums).

Composed by Jimmy Van Heusen


Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, November 16, 1970


Rating: 99/100 (learn more)

Freddie Hubbard is famous for his fiery trumpet solos, but he was also a standout ballad player. This is my favorite of his ballad performances, and it has all the ingredients of greatness -- marvelous tone control, fresh improvised lines, a gloriously languorous rhythmic pulse -- even a perfectly wrought coda. Guitarist George Benson offers a sensitive accompaniment from the rubato opening to the final chord. But Hubbard is the star here, putting his stamp on on song that many have tackled, but few have claimed with such authority.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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  • 1 Greg // May 18, 2008 at 03:45 PM
    I'm really glad you commented on this track. I have always been struck by its beauty. One of the things that I admired was that through the entire reading of the head (2:20 minutes) there is very little embellishment. He leaves so much space to let the melody breath (must have been tough not to fill the space with some of his typical flowing lines).
  • 2 Greg // May 18, 2008 at 03:48 PM
    Oops, cut off before making my other point which is that part of the attraction of this track for me is that it follows two really intense and heavy "CTI style" tracks that are killin'. The contrast between the nearly 30 minutes of those tracks to the simple beauty of a great melody with a great interpretation is the perfect and unexpected way to end this album...
  • 3 Dave Anderson // Dec 30, 2008 at 06:35 PM
    Freddie passed away yesterday and took his originality with him. It was a pleasure to get to know Freddie briefly in the 90s. This is one of my all-time favorite tracks, and one to remember him by. My heart goes out to his wife, Bridgitte.