RETRO JAZZ REVIEW SERIES: FREDDIE HUBBARD’S MUSIC HERE TO STAY

August 31, 2014

Hipster Sanctuary

posted by Justin Scoville – composer/musician/educator

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On December 27, 1962, Freddie Hubbard (trumpet) headed into the studio with Jazz Messenger bandmates Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone), Cedar Walton (piano), and Reggie Workman (bass) to cut “Here to Stay,” a classic Blue Note album which also featured veteran Philly Joe Jones (drums). Overshadowed by “Hubtones” (1962) and “The Body and the Soul” (1963), “Here to Stay” wasn’t released until 1979. It showcases Hubbard’s trumpet and composing chops in his early prime, and is well worth a dedicated listening session. 

 

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“Philly Mignon” kicks off the album with Hubbard displaying his virtuosity at lightning speed, prodded onward and upward by Jones’ energetic drum work. “Father and Son” is a Cal Massey original which contrasts the rhythm section’s Latin-tinged groove, anchored by Jones’ work on his tom-toms. Shorter leads the opening statement of the standard “Body and…

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