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Windjammer

Freddie Hubbard

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Album Review

This LP is (along with his Splash album on Fantasy) probably trumpeter Freddie Hubbard's worst recording. Hubbard, who is joined by a string section, five vocalists and an oversized orchestra, sounds like a parody of himself on these meaningless funk tracks. Why jazz's top trumpeter of the 1970s would allow himself to get sucked into this trashy Bob James production is debatable but there is no debate as to the merit of this fortunately out-of-print LP. This is insincere music that was dated before it was even released.

Biography

Born: 07 April 1938 in Indianapolis, IN

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

One of the great jazz trumpeters of all time, Freddie Hubbard formed his sound out of the Clifford Brown/Lee Morgan tradition, and by the early '70s was immediately distinctive and the pacesetter in jazz. However, a string of blatantly commercial albums later in the decade damaged his reputation and, just when Hubbard, in the early '90s (with the deaths of Dizzy Gillespie...
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