Despite listing seventeen of Freddie titles at LJC, my favourite Blue Note trumpeter, Ready For Freddie was unintentionally overlooked, An omission no longer.
Selection: Areitis (Hubbard) – Youtube digital upload, vinyl rip to be added at later date, so you can compare 😉
Freddie Hubbard, trumpet; Bernard McKinney, euphonium; Wayne Shorter, tenor sax; McCoy Tyner, piano; Art Davis, bass; Elvin Jones, drums. recorded Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, August 21, 196, released April 1962.
A varied set including a ballad, fast-paced bop, avant-leaning fire and brimstone, and mainstream mid-tempo. Hubbard is a confident leader, letting others shine. The presence of Shorter is a particular feature of this album: Shorter is on fire, McCoy Tyner is smoking, Elvin Jones is incendiary, and Freddie is smouldering. It must be the heat of a great session. Art Davis fast-walking bass adds controlled propulsion.
One unusual feature of this album is the contribution of Bernard McKinney’s euphonium, though it appears only on three tracks, and is played more in the role of a trombone. The euphonium was the leading instrument in the tenor-bass range in military marching bands, where a double bass is impractical – a bass can walk, but it won’t easily march.
Euphonium is a quirky choice of instrument for jazz, like it’s cousin the tuba. Mobley got away with it on his tune Cute ‘n’ Pretty in the album Slice of The Top. Euphonium and tuba are structural to the melody and harmony, rather than an improvising front-line.This underappreciated album is among my favourites of all time. The euphonium player credited there is Kiane Zawadi, who is of course one and the same person as Bernard McKinney credited here. I figured as much, not an instrument many would take up. Replaying that great Mobley composition was a reminder how strong Lee Morgan and Hank Mobley paired up, as with Hubbard and Shorter here.
The young Coltrane had an early title with Ray Draper on Tuba, in the The Ray Draper Quintet, an album I have always avoided, imagining strange sonorities. No doubt someone out there digs it.
I don’t think you need to choose between one Hubbard album and another, get them all, and fill the Hubbard cupboard.
Vinyl: BLP 4085 mono, NY labels, RVG, Plastylite.
The correct inner sleeve for first original release of 4085 (released April 1962) is design 2, in use December 1961 – April 1962. This copy came paired with Inner Sleeve 4 (December 1962 – September 1963).
The readies for Freddie top around a modest $600. As usual, mono is the format of choice.
Youtube has the full album,
And among Blue Note trumpet players, are you a Freddie person or a Lee person? ( What a question, LJC , how could you ask!)
LJC – no fear.
Howard Johnson, tuba, Gil Evans Orchestra play Jimi Hendrix, Voodoo Chile