Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Historical CD of the Month - "Freddie Hubbard: The CTI Years 1970-1973"

Historical CD of the Month 
Freddie Hubbard: "The CTI Years 1970 - 1973" (Hi Hat HH2CD3066, 2-CD set)

When top jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard began recording for the CTI label in the early 1970s, he combined his mastery of bop with forays into fusion and imaginative interpretations of contemporary rock and soul hits, reaching his creative heyday. Something that led him to replace Miles Davis as #1 Trumpeter in the DownBeat polls!

This album looks like a compilation of his CTI studio recordings, but it is not. With more than two hours of music, this unofficial two-CD release showcases Hubbard at the head of several lineups at four different concerts recorded during the period he was signed to Creed Taylor's label. They were broadcasted on different radio stations, and feature Hubbard performing songs from his popular albums "Red Clay," "Street Life," "Polar AC" and the Grammy winning "First Light."

There are incredible performances at Rutgers University 1970, The Jazz Workshop 1972 & 73 and Ebbet’s Field 1973, from broadcasts on WRSU, WBCN and KCUV FM Radio. All tracks digitally remastered for greatly enhanced sound quality. Essential for CTI and Hubbard fans.

DISC ONE
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (Spring 1970) WRSU-FM
1. Ugetsu (Fantasy in D)
2. Red Clay (Bass Solo)
3. Calypso Fred
The Jazz Workshop, Boston (26th September 1972) WBCN-FM
4. First Light
5. The Intrepid Fox (Drum Solo)

DISC TWO
The Jazz Workshop, Boston (26th September 1972) WBCN-FM
1. Mr Clean
The Jazz Workshop, Boston (9th October 1973) WBCN-FM
2. Betcha By Golly Wow
Ebbet’s Field, Denver (30th October 1973) KCUV-FM
3. Spirits Of Trane (Drum Solo)
4. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey

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