Tuesday, December 30, 2008

R.I.P. Freddie Hubbard

[April 4, 1928 - December 29, 2008]

The LA Times reports that jazz virtuoso Freddie Hubbard has passed away from complications of a heart attack at the age of 70.

Hubbard was a multitalented trumpeter, known for his strong hard bop and post-bop sound from the 60's on. During a career that spanned more than 4 decades, he recorded and toured with John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock among other musicians.

He received a Grammy in '72 for best jazz performance by a group for his LP First Light and received the most prestigious award in jazz, the Jazz Masters Award from the National Endowment of Arts, in '06.

If you aren't familiar with his music, check out this well-known LP I've uploaded below entitled Ready for Freddie released in '61 on Blue Note Records. Hubbard led the band comprised of McCoy Tyner on piano, Wayne Shorter on tenor sax (the first collaboration between the two), Bernard McKinney on euphonium, Art Davis on bass and Elvin Jones on drums. My personal favorites are "Arietis" and "Crisis," Enjoy!

Rest in Peace.

Download: Freddie Hubbard - Ready for Freddie

Track List:

1. Arietis
2. Weaver of Dreams
3. Marie Antoinette
4. Birdlike
5. Crisis
6. Arietis (Alternate Take)
7. Marie Antoinette (Alternate Take)

1 comment:

  1. R.I.P

    He's like the 5th influential person to die right after x-mas, its sad