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Born to Be Blue

Freddie Hubbard

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Album Review

Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard teams up with veteran tenor-saxophonist Harold Land and Hubbard's regular rhythm section of the period (keyboardist Billy Childs, bassist Larry Klein, drummer Steve Houghton and percussionist Buck Clark) on this fine modern hard bop CD, a straight reissue of the original Pablo LP. Hubbard had hurt his reputation with his very commercial Columbia recordings of the mid-to-late '70s so in 1981 he was doing his best to return to his brand of straightahead jazz. This date is highlighted by "Gibraltar," Clifford Brown's "Joy Spring" and a revisit to Hubbard's "Up Jumped Spring."

Customer Reviews

Incredible!

Definitely one for the standards. Freddie got it right big time with his version of Joy Spring. The solos are smokin and the band sounds sweet. I highly recommend it!

Biography

Born: April 7, 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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