Anthology: The Soul-Jazz Fusion Years 66-82

Anthology: The Soul-Jazz Fusion Years 66-82

by Freddie HubbardFreddie Hubbard


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This collection on the U.K.'s Soul Brother imprint is a very compelling look at a big slice of Freddie Hubbard's long career as a leader, and one that gets ignored for the most part. Hubbard recorded over 20 records between Backlash, his Atlantic debut in 1966, and Ride Like the Wind for Elektra in 1982, with lengthy stops at Columbia and CTI (as well some straight hard bop and post-bop outings for labels Fantasy and Pablo). In many cases, some of these original recordings were not only disregarded by more traditional jazzheads, they were regarded with outright hostility. It didn't matter to Hubbard, however, because at the time, these were among his best-selling albums and connected with the public deeply. This 18-cut set leaves out the straighter jazz albums and his dates as a sideman -- there were dozens -- in favor of Hubbard's long sojourn into soul-jazz, fusion, and jazz-funk. The early soul-jazz sides on Atlantic are represented by a pair of cuts from Backlash and one each from High Blues Pressure and A Soul Experiment, before moving into his years with Creed Taylor. These years contain classics such as the title jams from Red Clay and First Light, but they go deeper and get stranger -- as well as more cosmic -- with the inclusion of tracks like "Povo," a wild reading of "People Make the World Go Around," and "Spirits of Trane" from Polar AC and Keep Your Soul Together. Disc two also includes far funkier jams such as "Baraka Sasa" and "Kuntu" from High Energy and Liquid Love, respectively. There are certainly albums left out from this period, even those that followed the grooved-out dictums of the tracks included, but it hardly matters since what is presented here is the best of the best, even following Hubbard's trail all the way down to albums like Splash and Born to Be Blue. In other words, this is a great introduction to the music of Hubbard after his initial Blue Note period and before he returned to his hard bop roots in the middle of the 1980s. In fact, the only thing that would surpass this set is owning the albums these tunes were culled from.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/10/2005
Label: Soul Bros Pure Jazz
UPC: 5013993671022
catalogNumber: 10
Rank: 140987

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Freddie Hubbard   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Jarreau   Vocals
Ray Barretto   Percussion
George Benson   Guitar
George Cables   Piano,Electric Piano,Clavinet
Hadley Caliman   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Buddy Collette   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Junior Cook   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Jack DeJohnette   Drums
Carlos Garnett   Tenor Saxophone
Herbie Hancock   Piano
Louis Hayes   Drums
Keith Jarrett   Piano,Electric Piano
Harold Land   Tenor Saxophone
Hubert Laws   Flute,Soloist
Bennie Maupin   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Tom Scott   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
James Spaulding   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Marvin Stamm   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Howard Johnson   Tuba
Richard Wyands   Piano
Grady Tate   Drums
Lenny White   Drums
Chester Thompson   Drums
Henry Franklin   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Herbie Lewis   Bass
Frederick Waits   Drums
Kiane Zawadi   Trombone
Airto Moreira   Percussion
Wayne Andre   Trombone
Otis Ray Appleton   Drums
Kenny Barron   Piano,Electric Piano
Rubens Bassini   Percussion
Oscar Brashear   Trumpet
Kent Brinkley   Bass
Garnett Brown   Trombone
Buck Clarke   Percussion
Billy Cobham   Drums
Armando Anthony Corea   Keyboards
Bob Cunningham   Bass
Chuck Domanico   Bass
Joe Farrell   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Paul Faulise   Bass Trombone
Chuck Findley   Trumpet
Steve Houghton   Drums
Larry Klein   Bass,Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Phil Kraus   Vibes
Steve Madaio   Trumpet
George Marge   Clarinet,Flute,Bass Clarinet
Ralph Penland   Drums
Romeo Penque   Clarinet,Flute,English Horn,Oboe
Phil Ranelin   Trombone
Aurell Ray   Guitar
Reggie Workman   Bass
Alan Rubin   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Jumma Santos   Percussion
Ian Underwood   Moog Synthesizer
Carlos "Patato" Valdes   Conga,Maracas
Ernie Watts   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Snooky Young   Trumpet
Dick Hyde   Trombone
Wally Kane   Bass Clarinet,Piccolo
Mayuto Correa   Percussion
Gary Illingworth   Organ
Carl Randall   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Billy Childs Trio   Keyboards
Phillip Teele   Trombone
Carl Burnett   Drums

Technical Credits

Jarreau   Composer
Walter Bishop   Composer
George Cables   Composer,String Ensemble
Gil Fuller   Producer
Harold Ousley   Composer
Thom Bell   Composer
Claus Ogerman   Producer
Linda Creed   Composer
Joel Dorn   Producer
Freddie Hubbard   Composer,Producer
Juno Lewis   Contributor
Arif Mardin   Producer
Paul Rothchild   Producer
Creed Taylor   Producer

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