May 29

Freddie Hubbard – The Hub of Hubbard (1970/2016)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz MHz | Time – 35:03 minutes | 1,38 GB
or FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 35:03 minutes | 704 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: highresaudio.com | Front Cover | © MPS
Genre: Jazz | Recorded: December 9, 1969, MPS-Studio, Villingen, Black Forrest, Germany

In 1970 Freddie Hubbard’s career reached a crossroads. Ten years after the trumpeter had released his debut album “Open Sesame” he could already take stock in an impressive array of achievements: around a dozen albums under his own name for Blue Note and Atlantic, participation in ground-breaking free jazz albums by Coltrane and Ornette Coleman, the development of an original sound somewhere between hard bop, soul, and fusion. From there he broke out and into his popular phase with CTI Records. At the same time this MPS album loomed on the horizon as a milestone. Hubbard recorded the album at the MPS studios in Villingen, Germany during a break in his European tour, thus we get to experience a musician and his world-class quintet spontaneously interacting in an open setting. Those who are familiar with the many dreamy versions of the standard “Without a Song” will be thrilled with this 13-minute escapade spotlighting the band’s unbridled play. Hubbard’s dialogue with saxophonist Eddie Daniels and drummer Louis Hayes’ powerful impulse crown the piece. The energy and enthusiasm increases on “Just One of Those Things”, as the players unleash an incredible chain of hard-bopping staccato lines. Hubbard dedicates the playful “Blues For Duane” to his son; bassist Richard Davis grounds the piece in a light-hearted, earthy feel. Hubbard reveals his radiant melodic prowess as he interprets “The Things We Did Last Summer” in broadly swinging arcs, congenially supported by Roland Hanna’s piano harmonies. Davis has another shining moment as he brings the piece to an end with just the right pensive touch.

Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, whose Atlantic recordings had straddled the boundary between hard bop and the avant-garde, sticks to bebop on this excellent recording. Performing in a quintet with tenor-saxophonist Eddie Daniels (no clarinet this time), pianist Roland Hanna, bassist Richard Davis and drummer Louis Hayes, Hubbard is in top form on four selections: “Without a Song,” a ridiculously uptempo “Just One of Those Things,” “Blues for Duane” and a ballad rendition of “The Things We Did Last Summer.” ~~ AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

Tracklist:
1. Without a Song 12:51
2. Just One of Those Things 07:14
3. Blues for Duane 07:34
4. The Things We Did Last Summer 07:19

Personnel:
Freddie Hubbard, trumpet
Eddie Daniels, tenor saxophone
Roland Hanna, piano
Richard Davis, bass
Louis Hayes, drums