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Open Sesame (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition) [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Freddie Hubbard Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (4 Feb 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00005UOKP
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,851 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Open Sesame (Rudy Van Gelder Edition) (2002 - Remaster) 7:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. But Beautiful (2002 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition) 6:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Gypsy Blue (2002 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition) 6:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. All Or Nothing At All (2002 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition) 5:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. One Mint Julep (2002 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition) 6:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Hub's Nub (2002 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition) 6:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Open Sesame (Alternate Take) (2002 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition) 7:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Gypsy Blue (Alternate Take) (2002 Digital Remaster) (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition) 7:35£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Open Sesame was Freddie Hubbard's recording debut, and it announced the arrival of an extraordinary trumpeter, both technically and artistically. This album teamed him with tenor saxophonist and composer Tina Brooks (they would reconvene a week later to record Brooks's True Blue) and pianist McCoy Tyner a few months before he joined John Coltrane's quintet. Open Sesame is one of those stunning Blue Note records where the musicians mesh and the tunes, arrangements and solos get as close to perfection as imaginable. This remastered version adds alternative takes of the two Tina Brooks tunes, "Open Sesame" and "Gypsy Blue", to the originally issued album.

Recorded in 1960, Freddie Hubbard's Open Sesame is not only a very good CD: it dramatises history in the making. The trumpeter was not unknown then, but he was still in his early years; so was pianist McCoy Tyner, for whom a momentous association with John Coltrane was just around the corner. Indeed, the best-known musician at the time of recording was bassist Sam Jones, and while he went on to bigger things with Cannonball Adderley and then Oscar Peterson, it was Hubbard and Tyner who would emerge as unambiguously major figures. That by rights should also have characterised tenorist Tina Brooks, but this superb player (his work on "But Beautiful" here is exquisite) never got the recognition he deserved, dying almost forgotten in 1974 at the age of 42. Further highlights include the leader's "Hub's Nub" and the two takes apiece of the title track and "Gypsy Blue", both excellent compositions by Brooks. Mention should also be made of drummer Clifford Jarvis, a young lion steeped in Blakey, and of Rudy Van Gelder's predictably flawless engineering. The music both invigorates and enchants, and its reappearance, handsomely packaged, is most welcome. --Richard Palmer

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blazing Hubbard 24 Nov 2006
By David Johnson VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
A stunning showcase of Hubbard's talents. For someone so young this serves as an excellent taste of what he was to become. His ranging, harmonic and sometimes downright belligerant style has always entranced me. For me this is his greatest record as a leader, the younster setting out to show eveyone what he has to offer. This record is littered with those characteristic barnstorming solos and his ability of more subtle playing on,"But Beautiful." There's a bit of everything on this from the skipping, jumpy, Horace Silveresque,"Gypsy Blue," to the classy sophisticated,"One mint Julep." Tina Brook's title track really swings. Brook's career disappeared into nothing beacause of his heroin addiction, this record shows what a wasted talent he was both as a great sax player and composer. "Open Sesame," is also notable for the presence of a youthful Mycoy Tyner, who helps make everything tick along nicely although it is band leader Hubbard who steals the show.
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By Jazzrook TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This excellent RVG remastered edition(2002) presents the brilliant debut as leader of trumpeter Freddie Hubbard(1938-2008). It was recorded in New Jersey on June 19, 1960 with a superb quintet including Tina Brooks(tenor saxophone), McCoy Tyner(piano), Sam Jones(bass) & Clifford Jarvis(drums).
The six varied tracks(plus two alternative takes) feature two originals by Brooks, one by Hubbard and three impressive versions of standards.
Highlights include Brooks' intriguing 'Gypsy Blue' and the title-track, Hubbard's wonderful playing on Brooks' arrangement on the moving 'But Beautiful' and the hard-driving 'All Or Nothing At All'.
'Open Sesame' is one of Freddie Hubbard's finest albums and essential for any hard bop collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Music 17 Mar 2010
Format:Audio CD
Just great music. Freddie is a great performer, and a good band leader too. Cool Jazz at it's best. For the price I bought it here it's a robbery!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sparkling Masterpeice 4 Feb 2002
By A. K. L. - Published on
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It's 1960. Freddy Hubbard still looks like a teen-ager. It's his first feature recording. His sidemen? An unknown pianist named McCoy Tyner (who would become Coltrane's accompanist, one of the great keyboard stylists). For tenor, try the new kid from North Carolina, Tina Brooks, who sounds like a reborn Lester Young. Delighted with their invitation to record for Blue Note, they blow fresh and clear with no pretension, and probably have no idea they're making a classic.
This set is deftly re-mastered by the great Rudy Van Gelder. Buy it NOW if you care about modern jazz or even about history. The blowing is tight, passionate yet cool. It shimmers with an innocence all too fragile, since Tina Brooks would self-destruct after only a handful of recordings and Hubbard would never find such clarity and lightness again. Brooks' compositions ('Open Sesame' and 'Gypsy Blue') are eloquent bop structures based in the blues with a Horace Silver tinge. They're destined to enter the canon of great bop recordings. Of no less merit is the funky Rudolph Toombs composition, 'One Mint Julip'. Hubbard's own 'Hub & Nub' gets a sharp treatment, as good as any later version. And the two ballads ('But Beautiful', 'All Or Nothing At All') are treated with maturity and lyricism. This CD has alternate takes of Brooks' compositions, as finely crafted as the other two versions.
We have an important addition to the canon of classic bebop here, no less beautiful for its youth and innocence. Right up there with Lee Morgan's 'Sidewinder' and Hancock's 'Takin' Off.' Rarely does such rediscovery come to us! And if you're a tenor sax player like me, here's a precious footnote to the short tragic history of Tina Brooks, who would have been a titan had he stayed this fresh and avoided the addictions that ruined so many of his troubled generation.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Knotted 30 July 2003
By Allan Suchinsky - Published on
Format:Audio CD
You like tight? Listen to this exceptional session led by a trumpet player who receives nowhere near the recogition he richly deserves. This is absolutely a gem of release. Thank you Kenny Mathieson for turning me onto it in your "Hard Bop..." book.
There is not one filler on this CD. The overall work is brilliant: Hubbard is supurb; young McCoy Tyner shows why he would rise to the hights he has, Tina Brooks is as great here, if not better, than he is on the excellent Blue Note sessions he led; and Sam Jones and Clifford Jarvis are a perfect fit.
Listen to "One Mint Julep," you'll want another right away.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Freddie Hubbard! 17 Feb 2005
By earl rlabaci - Published on
Format:Audio CD
"Open Sesame" is, without a doubt, Hubbards best work for bluenote. His tone is clear and he gets the fullest sound out of his instrument. If there ever was a straight ahead Hardbop album recorded, this is it. The way Hubbard picked his sidemen, you can tell that he knew what he was doing, for example there is Tina Brooks with the sharp puncturing sound, McCoy Tyner with the swift technical fluidity, Sam Jones with the big beautiful sound, and Clifford jarvis with hard penetrating drive. Sometimes it seems that the sidemen are overshadowed by their brilliant leader yet they get their fair share too. The title track, which alternates between latin-samba and swing, has a catchy melody and has incredible solos from Freddie an Brooks. The real cooker, though, is the fiery version of the standard "All or nothing at all". Harold "Tina" Brooks was another unsung bluenote genius who lived much to short to gain any real recognition. Though this session belongs to Hubbard, without Brooks, Tyner, Jones, and Jarvis, it wouldn't be half as good as it is. "Open Sesame" is a killer session. Any fan of jazz should have this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eclipses "Hub-Tones" as his best work 18 Mar 2003
By Donnie - Published on
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Hubbard's first session as a leader is one of my favorites from the 60's Blue Note era. This recording along with a few from Hank Mobley really define what the Blue Note hard bop sound was all about. Thankfully it's been re-released as part of the Rudy Van Gelder series (which BTW is one of the greatest things to happen to jazz in the last few years). The enthusiasm Hubbard shows was characteristic of a lot of the young blowers at that time, but his maturity was something you didn't see in artists his age. Definitely an indication that a new talent with unlimited potential had landed.
This is a great starting point if you're just starting to listen to Freddie Hubbard. Add to that the fact that the criminally under-recorded Tina Brooks is present on sax makes this a must have cd. Once you get this you'll also want "Hub-Tones" and "Goin'Up" and then get Mobley's "Roll Call", whose first horn you hear on that recording is, you guessed it, Freddie Hubbard's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Open Sesame" Says Me! 22 Feb 2003
By Michael B. Richman - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Freddie Hubbard's first album as a leader, "Open Sesame," was originally released in the States on CD in the late 80s only to be deleted quickly thereafter by numbers crunchers at Capitol. This was truly a shame because this album is one of Hubbard's great recordings, and one of the classic titles in all jazz from the early 60s. Thank goodness wiser heads prevailed and "Open Sesame" has been rissued in the RVG series. Freddie shows remarkable musical maturity and sophistication for someone who was only 22 at the time of this June 1960 session. The quintet for this date is the unheralded Tina Brooks on tenor sax, McCoy Tyner on piano, Sam Jones on bass, Clifford Jarvis on drums, and of course Hub on trumpet. Recorded just 6 days before Tina Brooks' masterpiece "True Blue," "Open Sesame" features a similar style and flavor to that great recording. And that's not surprising, considering the personnel for both albums was similar (the only changes were Duke Jordan on piano instead of Tyner and Art Taylor on drums instead of Jarvis), and Brooks contributed most of the original compositions for both sessions. On "Open Sesame," Brooks has authored the title track and "Gypsy Blue," while Freddie only contributes one, the concluding "Hub's Nub." The album also features three standards, the lovely ballads "But Beautiful" and "All Or Nothing At All," and the R&B tinged "One Mint Julep." "Open Sesame" was a lead-off home run for a trumpeter who has had a four decade long career filled with hall of fame moments.
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