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Freddie Hubbard Audio Cassette

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Freddie Hubbard was, next to Miles Davis, the most dramatic and far-reaching brass player of the past 60 years. He died at age 70 in December 2008, leaving a legacy of some 100 recordings under his own name and with everyone from Wes Montgomery and Art Blakey to Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Oscar Peterson, Quincy Jones, Dexter Gordon, George Benson, Sarah Vaughan, Max Roach, Count Basie, Ornette ... Read more in Amazon's Freddie Hubbard Store

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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Awesome 18 Mar 2001
By toxophilitetx - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Let's put it this way: I didn't listen to jazz until I heard this album. All of the songs are awesome, but the first 3 especially stand out. "Backlash" and "Return of the Prodigal Son" are more akin to rock songs played with jazz insturments; both are uptempo and funky, with catchy melodies that I can't get out of my head. "Little Sunflower" just unreal, it puts you in a mellow vibe without being boring in the slightest. The other 3 songs are great, too. Musically, "Up on Que-Tee" is absolutely insane, and really proves that the band members are world-class musicians, but without a lot of gratuitous showing-off. Definately check this album out!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Conservative "Backlash" 4 Oct 2000
By Michael B. Richman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Freddie Hubbard's "Backlash" was originally recorded for Atlantic Records, but has been licensed to and reissued by the Koch label. Koch seems to specialize in putting out major label jazz on CD that the big boys don't want to touch because it won't sell well. (For another great Koch release, see my review of Johnny Coles' "The Warm Sound.") Hubbard left Blue Note in 1966 for a stint at Atlantic, before his successful run at CTI in the 70s. "Backlash" gives us a glimpse at the future lighter-side of Hubbard, with its calculated solos, and funky predictable riffs. It's almost as if this session is a conservative "Backlash" after the increasingly liberal, free-form experiments he made at Blue Note. (His last Blue Note album, "Blue Spirits" was a delightful combination of funky Sidewinder-like grooves, cranking Coltrane-esque post bop, and wild experimental avant-garde jazz, but sadly it is now out of print on CD.) Those who like Hubbard's CTI recordings will enjoy this effort, but those who adore his Blue Notes will be disappointed.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good album from the excellent trumpet player. 1 Nov 2001
By Mister Hip-Hop - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Freddie Hubbard is a legendary player and this is a nice effort. Songs like "Backlash" have a funky, laid-back feel to them, laced by nice piano and of course Freddie's amazing trumpet playing. My favorite track on here is definitely "On The Que-Tee", which is a classic uptempo track with a great theme. Also, "Little Sunflower" has a nice, laid-back feel to it, but as the other reviewer mentioned it won't bore you. A great album for a laid-back listener. "Echoes Of Blue" is also a great way to end the album, it's a slower song as well, and has more of a funky feel to it than the rest of the songs. There are also some flutes in this song. It's really a shame that Freddie Hubbard is no longer able to play (he blew out his upper lip from playing too much in 1992) because he was definitely one of the most talented jazz trumpet players. His range is outstanding. This record is worth buying for sure, there are not many trumpet players in jazz with Freddie's technical ability.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic! 13 Nov 2003
By JetTone12 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This was one of my favorite albums when I was approaching high school. I still remember playing "On The Que-Tee" and enjoying it, and Freddie did some great stuff with the song. He also experiments with some funk on "Backlash" and "Return Of The Prodigal Son", where his solos sound great. Also, the beautiful ballads "Little Sunflower" and "Echoes Of Blue" are great, even though for some reason the former has been run into the ground by high school jazz bands everywhere (which has ruined the song for me sadly). The latter is just laid-back jazz at its finest. Freddie Hubbard was one of the greatest technicians to ever pick up the trumpet, and this album will help prove why. He just tears right through "On The Que-Tee" with a great drum solo from Otis Ray Appleton at the beginning. James Spaulding plays some great saxophone work on here, and also does a great job on flute on a few of the songs, especially on "Echoes Of Blue" and "Up Jumped Spring" (another Hubbard classic that became one of his most played standards). Albert Daily does a great job on piano, playing in the perfect style for each song. Fans of trumpet will definitely enjoy this one. This is one of Freddie's best efforts, in my opinion. It's really a shame what happened to him, but he's coming back! Let's continue to wish FH all the best.
2.0 out of 5 stars Watch Out for the Koch Records Release! 16 May 2014
By Mass Hysteria - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
For me this is a relatively mediocre Freddie Hubbard record, neither as complex as his earlier Blue Note work, nor as funky as his later CTI records (with better personnel, especially on piano, i.e. Herbie Hancock). On its own it's probably 2-1/2 stars; however, the Koch Records version is a disgrace. I don't know about the Rhino release, but the Koch one has serious sound problems in terms of drop-outs and bizarre panning from one side to the other. Avoid at all costs!
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