A Tribute To Freddie Hubbard

R.I.P. to trumpeter Freddie Hubbard. He passed away very recently, on December 29th, 2008, and even though his name isn’t quite a household one, his impact on jazz and hip-hop is monumental. Here are some of his career highlights, courtesy of Wikipedia:

In December 1960, Hubbard was invited to play on Ornette Coleman‘s Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation after Coleman had heard him playing with Don Cherry.[3]

Then in May 1961, Hubbard played on Olé Coltrane, John Coltrane‘s final recording session with Atlantic Records. Together with Eric Dolphy, Hubbard was the only ‘session’ musician who appeared on both Olé and Africa/Brass, Coltrane’s first album with ABC/Impulse! Later, in August 1961, Hubbard made one of his most famous records, Ready for Freddie, which was also his first collaboration with saxophonist Wayne Shorter. Hubbard would join Shorter later in 1961 when he replaced Lee Morgan in Art Blakey‘s Jazz Messengers.

Throughout the 1960s Hubbard played as a sideman on some of the most important albums from that era, including, Oliver Nelson‘s The Blues and the Abstract Truth, Eric Dolphy‘s Out to Lunch, Herbie Hancock‘s Maiden Voyage, and Wayne Shorter‘s Speak No Evil.[5] He recorded extensively for Blue Note Records in the 1960s: eight albums as a bandleader, and twenty-eight as a sideman.[6]

Hubbard achieved his greatest popular success in the 1970s with a series of albums for Creed Taylor and his record label CTI Records, overshadowing Stanley Turrentine, Hubert Laws, and George Benson.[8] Although his early 1970s jazz albums Red Clay, First Light, Straight Life, and Sky Dive were particularly well received and considered among his best work, the albums he recorded later in the decade were attacked by critics for their commercialism. First Light won a 1972 Grammy Award and included pianists Herbie Hancock and Richard Wyands, guitarists Eric Gale and George Benson, bassist Ron Carter, drummer Jack DeJohnette, and percussionist Airto Moreira.[9]

Hubbard’s trumpet playing was featured on the track Zanzibar, on the 1978 Billy Joel album 52nd Street (the 1979 Grammy Award Winner for Best Album). The track ends with a fade during Hubbard’s performance. An “unfaded” version was released on the 2004 Billy Joel box set My Lives.

In the 1980s Hubbard was again leading his own jazz group, attracting very favorable notices for his playing at concerts and festivals in the USA and Europe, often in the company of Joe Henderson, playing a repertory of hard-bop and modal-jazz pieces.

Ho1ogramz and Roy Johnson put together a compilation documenting some of Freddie Hubbard’s most famously sampled songs. You’ll notice that pretty much every rap song included is a banger, and that there are plenty of them. Enjoy.

1. Freddie Hubbard – Good Humor Man
2. The UMC’s – One To Grow On
3. Freddie Hubbard – People Make The World Go Round
4. Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth – Mecca And The Soul Brother
5. Blackalicious – Swan Lake (Vocal)
6. Freddie Hubbard – Suite Sioux
7. Rumpletilskinz – Is It Alright?
8. Pete Rock & Deda – Nothing More
9. A Tribe Called Quest – Jazz (Re-Recording Radio)
10. Freddie Hubbard – Mr. Clean
11. Siah & Yeshua Dapoed – The Mystery
12. Freddie Hubbard – Straight Life
13. Casual – Get Off It *also samples Mr. Clean*
14. Ilhan Mimaroglu & Freddie Hubbard – Threnody For Sharon Tate
15. King Tee – 3 Strikes Ya Out
16. Freddie Hubbard – Povo
17. Black Sheep – Black With N.V. (No Vision)
18. Casual – Gotta Lotta (Demo)
19. Freddie Hubbard – Povo (Live 1973 Version)
20. Souls of Mischief – Batting Practice
21. Freddie Hubbard – Sky Dive
22. Souls of Mischief – A Name I Call Myself
23. Freddie Hubbard – Yesterday’s Dreams
24. Jungle Brothers – Handle My Business
25. Freddie Hubbard – Neo Terra (New Land)
26. Masta Ace – Ain’t No Game
27. Freddie Hubbard – First Light
28. Souls of Mischief – Never No More
29. Freddie Hubbard – Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
30. Beastie Boys – Professor Booty
31. Freddie Hubbard – Little Sunflower
32. A Tribe Called Quest – The Love
33. Freddie Hubbard – Keep Your Soul Together
34. Mysterme & DJ 2020 – Call Me Myster
35. Freddie Hubbard – Destiny’s Children
36. Del Tha Funkee Homosapien – Treats for the Kiddies
37. Freddie Hubbard – Leap Frog
38. Big Daddy Kane – Stop Shammin’
39. Freddie Hubbard – The Surest Things Can Change
40. Common – Communism
41. Freddie Hubbard – Lonely Town
42. Souls of Mischief – Anything Can Happen
43. Freddie Hubbard – Red Clay
44. Tajai & Extra Prolific – Let It Ride

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