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Freddie Hubbard - First Light [Reissue] (1971/2014)

Jazz | Author: artmuss | 26-01-2015, 23:35
Freddie Hubbard - First Light [Reissue] (1971/2014)
Artist: Freddie Hubbard
Title Of Album: First Light
Year Of Release: 1971/2014
Label: ORG Music / ORGM-2006
Genre: Jazz-Funk, Post Bop, Fusion, Soul-Jazz
Total Time: 36:07 min
Format: FLAC (tracks, vinyl)
Quality: Lossless 44.1kHz/16bit / 96kHz/24bit
Total Size: 167 mb / 691 mb (Covers)

Never one to take lyricism for granted, trumpeter and composer Freddie Hubbard entered Creed Taylor's studio for the third time in 1971 with the express purpose of making a record radically different from anything he'd cut before; he was looking for it to use electricity and to be out of the soul-jazz mold, but was also more ambitious and wanted to push that envelope and himself. Taylor and Hubbard assembled a band that included Herbie Hancock on Rhodes, guitarists Eric Gale and George Benson, bassist Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette on drums, Airto Moreira on percussion, and Richard Wyands on acoustic piano to back him. The band was also supported by the truly ethereal and adventurous string arrangements of Don Sebesky (a first for Hubbard). The result is a masterpiece of textured sound, gorgeously far-flung charts, sweet, tight grooves, a subtle mystic feel, and some of Hubbard's most exciting playing ever. The title track and Hubbard's ingenious read of Paul and Linda McCartney's "Uncle Albert/ Admiral Halsey," as well as Leonard Bernstein's "Lonely Town," are so in the pocket that they bleed soul. Benson's uncharacteristically edgy guitar playing juxtaposed against Hubbard's warm tone, and Hancock's beautifully modal Rhodes lines that are drenched with big, open, minor chord voicings, are simply made more illustrious and graceful by Sebesky's strings. While Red Clay and Straight Life are both fine albums, First Light is the one that connects on all levels -- and it did with the jazz-buying public as well. A masterpiece.


1. First Light
2. Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey
3. Moment To Moment
4. Yesterday's Dreams
5. Lonely Town (from "On The Town")

Freddie Hubbard - trumpet, flugelhorn
Richard Wyands - piano
Herbie Hancock - Fender Rhodes
George Benson, Eric Gale (#7) - guitar
Ron Carter - bass
Jack DeJohnette - drums
Airto Moreira - percussion
Phil Kraus - vibes
Wally Kane - flute, bassoon
Hubert Laws - flute
George Marge - flute, clarinet
Romeo Penque - flute, English horn, oboe, clarinet
Jane Taylor - bassoon
Ray Alonge, James Buffington - French horn
Margaret Ross - harp
David Nadien, Paul Gershman, Emanuel Green, Harold Kohon, Joe Malin, Gene Orloff, Matthew Raimondi, Tosha Samaroff, Irving Spice - violin
Alfred Brown, Emanuel Vardi - viola
Charles McCracken, George Ricci - cello

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