It’s hard to begin to sum up all the key records in jazz Frederick Dewayne Hubbard (1938-2008) appeared on, but here’s a try. Partnered with Wayne Shorter and Curtis Fuller, he featured on seven of Art Blakey’s classic early sixties Blue Note albums, he played with George Coleman on Herbie Hancock’s highly influential album ‘Maiden Voyage’, then played on Oliver Nelson’s ‘Blues And The Abstract Truth’. He played a central role on Wayne Shorter’s ‘Speak No Evil’ and was at the centre of John Coltrane’s albums ‘Olé Coltrane’, ‘The Africa/Brass Sessions’ and ‘Ascension’. He was a key player on Eric Dolphy’s radical ‘Out To Lunch’ and appeared on Ornette Coleman’s groundbreaking ‘Free Jazz’.
The list could go on and on.
I wrote a post earlier on about one of my favorite albums of all time, ‘Olé Coltrane’, and I guess that those sessions in May 1961 were very inspiring, because he used the same rhythm section on this album, ‘Ready For Freddie’, recorded on August 21st that year. Freddie says in the liner notes: “So far as I can put it into words…the way in which I’m most interested in going is Coltrane-like. I mean different ways of playing the changes so that you get a wider play of colors and of the emotions that those colors reveal.”
Freddie Hubbard related today’s track ‘Crisis’ to the growing threat of a nuclear war, which came to a climax in the Cuban Missiles Crisis just over a year later (between October 14th and 28th, 1962). Many feared that the world was on the brink of a nuclear conflict and Hubbard’s musical response expressed the wish that such catastrophes could be averted, by hope and reconciliation.
Freddie Hubbard - Trumpet Wayne Shorter - Tenor Saxophone Bernard McKinney - Euphonium (Tenor Tuba) Art Davis - Bass McCoy Tyner - Piano Elvin Jones - Drums