Freddie Hubbard

Hubbard 3Hubbard’s trumpet playing is a combination of all the greats that came before him including Clifford Brown, Fats Navarro, Dizzy Gillespie, and some contemporaries including Booker Little and Lee Morgan. His astounding technique, great range, beautiful sound, and seemingly endless creativity made him one of the most sought after trumpet players of his generation.

Freddie Hubbard - Episode 1

Freddie Hubbard was born in 1938 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He played mellophone and then trumpet in his school band, studying at the Jordan Conservatory. While living in Indianapolis he played with Wes and Monk Montgomery, Larry Ridley, and James Spaulding. Moving to New York in 1958 at the age of 20, he quickly found work playing working with artists like Philly Joe Jones, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane, J.J. Johnson, and Eric Dolphy. His debut album, Open Sesame, was released on Blue Note Records in 1960. With his meteoric rise to fame he recorded a series of outstanding albums in quick succession on Blue Note. In late 1961 he replaced Lee Morgan in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and stayed with Blakey until 1964, recording a number of albums with The Messengers. He was also featured on four groundbreaking early 1960s recording sessions: Ornette Coleman's Free Jazz, Oliver Nelson's Blues and the Abstract Truth, Eric Dolphy's Out to Lunch, and John Coltrane's Ascension. Included in this podcast are his first recordings as a band leader.
CompositionArtistAlbumYear
One Finger SnapFreddie Hubbard/Herbie HancockEmpyrean Isles1964
LocomotionLee Morgan/John ColtraneBlue Train1957
MilestonesBooker Little/Max RoachBooker Little 41958
All of Nothing at AllFreddie HubbardOpen Sesame1960
Open SesameFreddie HubbardOpen Sesame1960
But BeautifulFreddie HubbardOpen Sesame1960
ByrdlikeFreddie HubbardReady for Freddie1961
Hub TonesFreddie HubbardHub Tones1962

Freddie Hubbard - Episode 2

On this podcast I will highlight some of his best work from the early to mid-1960’s as a sideman. His performances on these recordings set a high benchmark for all subsequent trumpet players. In the 1960’s Freddie recorded or performed with almost every important jazz artist on the scene. His greatest popular success came in the 1970’s with a series of crossover albums on Atlantic and CTI Records. His early 1970’s jazz albums for CTI, Red Clay, First Light, and Straight Life were particularly well received and First Light won a Grammy Award.
CompositionArtistAlbumYear
Stolen MomentsFreddie Hubbard/Oliver NelsonBlues and Abstract Truth1961
Hoe DownFreddie Hubbard/Oliver NelsonBlues and Abstract Truth1961
It’s You or No OneFreddie Hubbard/Dexter GordonDoin’ Allright1961
CaravanFreddie Hubbard/Art BlakeyCaravan1962
SkylarkFreddie Hubbard/Art BlakeyCaravan1962
Eye of the HurricaneFreddie Hubbard/Herbie HancockMaiden Voyage1965
One Finger SnapFreddie Hubbard/Herbie HancockEmpyrean Isles1964
Wild FlowerFreddie Hubbard/Wayne ShorterSpeak No Evil1964