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Ready For Freddie [VINYL]

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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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  • Vinyl (29 Sep 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,192 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Arietis
2. Weaver Of Dreams
3. Marie Antoinette
4. Birdlike
5. Crisis

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Moontrane TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Sep 2012
Format: Audio CD
Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard(1938-2008) is in superb form on this stellar sextet session recorded on August 21, 1961 with Wayne Shorter(tenor sax), Bernard McKinney(euphonium), McCoy Tyner(piano), Art Davis(bass) & Elvin Jones(drums).
The five memorable tracks(plus two alternative takes) include three Hubbard originals, Wayne Shorter's 'Marie Antoinette' and an impressive version of Victor Young's Weaver of Dreams'.
This exhilarating album still sounds fresh over 50 years later and is a must for anyone who appreciates adventurous hard bop.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
Hubbard's Finest Blue Note 10 Mar 2004
By Michael Brad Richman - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I have written several glowing reviews of trumpeter Freddie Hubbard's Blue Note recordings -- "Open Sesame," "Goin' Up," "Hub Cap," and "Hub-Tones" -- but "Ready for Freddie" is his finest album for the label. Originally released on CD in the limited edition Connoisseur series, it makes a permanent return to the catalog now in the RVG series. Recorded on August 21, 1961, this session features Wayne Shorter on tenor sax, Bernard McKinney on euphonium (!), McCoy Tyner on piano, Art Davis on bass and Elvin Jones on drums. What primarily distinguishes this set from earlier efforts is the maturity of Hubbard's original statements, both in terms of his playing style and his compositions. His already overflowing talent was even further developed during this period in his career, as he concurrently played and recorded on his own and with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. In fact, this album's closing track "Crisis" was reprised on the Messengers' classic LP "Mosaic" just six weeks later. The other defining elements for me are the contributions and propulsive play of McCoy and Elvin, who were already thoroughly ensconced in the their classic period with John Coltrane, and the unique sound of Bernard McKinney's euphonium, which adds a deep, melodious baritone to the proceedings. In all, get "Ready" to purchase Freddie Hubbard's best disc.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Are You "Ready?" 8 May 2005
By The Groove - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If you're not a fan of Freddie Hubbard, pick up "Ready for Freddie" and it will likely turn you into one. Armed with skilled players such as Wayne Shorter on sax, Bernard McKinney on euphonium, Elvin Jones on drums and McCoy Tyner on piano, Hubbard's 1961 release (recorded when he was barely in his twenties!) flirts with brilliance and drips with class from track to track. The opener, "Arietis," is classic Hubbard in great form, and he's well complimented by Jones' brisk drumming and Davis's bass. Other standouts include "Marie Antoinette," which has Hubbard and Shorter holding their own respectably, while "Crisis" shows great interplay between all members, with Jones and Davis making particularly strong impressions. Like all jazz greats, Hubbard is careful not to hog the spotlight and gives each musician his moment to shine. "Ready For Freddie" has been digitally remastered on Blue Note by Rudy Van Gelder and features an alternative take of "Arietis" and "Marie Antoinette." It's a near-flawless effort that will find a welcome home in virtually any collection.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
One of those sessions 20 Mar 2006
By nadav haber - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Everyone who knows Hubbard, Shorter, Tyner, Jones and Art Davis knows that whenever these guys met - great music was sure to follow. Still, this specific set from November 30th, 1962 has an added spark, an energy that is even higher than expected. The rhythm section is John Coltrane's (Art David played with Trane before Jimmy Garrison) and Shorter is from the great Miles Davis group. In my opinion - the combination of musicians from those two very different groups always produces spectacular results (see Speak No Evil - Shorter-Carter + Tyner-Jones ! and Hubbard too).
Hubbard himself was definitely one of the leading trumpet man of the Sixties - participating in Out To Lunch, Empyrean Isles, as well as his own Open Sesame, Breaking Point, Hub Tones).
On this session every second COOKS ! It may have been the Euphonium of Bernard McKinney who pushed everyone to give something extra, or just a great feeling they all had entering the studio together, taking refuge from the outside world which, in 1962, was not an easy place for these great people.
Just the cd to get - if you are looking for great energy, beautiful compositions, and solos by Shorter and Hubbard who are at their peak !
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
My Favorite of Freddie's 9 Feb 2008
By JoeyD - Published on
Format: Audio CD
After hours upon hours of listening to all of his magnificent work, this 1961 Blue Note/RVG recording, is my personal favorite of anything he produced as a leader (with his 1960 debut "Open Sesame" and the CTI classic "Red Clay" tied for second place). Of course, his work on such classics as Herbie Hancock's "Empyrean Isles", and Hank Mobley's "Roll Call" are definitely right up there as well. Bottom line, this guy is simply one of the greatest trumpet players in jazz history and at the end of the day it's all subjective when it comes down to labeling which particular performance was his best. However, I think it's safe to say that "Ready for Freddie" is one of his finest works and very easily merits a five star rating.

Freddie had a really clean, dynamic, fleet and fervent style of playing, always colorful, almost always imaginative. His solo on "Birdlike" is something else and one of my favorite performances of his ever. I can imagine Charlie Parker smiling from above each time I hear it. Wayne Shorter's "Marie Antoinette" is also a favorite of mine, mainly because of its very soothing interplay between each member of the sextet. However, the whole recording is perfect to my ears, and it's almost a sacrilege for me to highlight one piece over another.

Along with Freddie and Wayne (who was really coming into his own at this time) you've got Coltrane's rhythm section of Art Davis (bass), Elvin Jones (drums) and McCoy Tyner (piano). Talk about a trio of cats that can play! In fact, I can honestly say that I have never heard Art Davis sound so perfect, and that's one bold statement I will stand firm by! Please let me know in the comment section if you disagree or think its hyperbole, but he just kills it in my humble opinion on this one. And perhaps the biggest surprise just might be Bernard McKinney (euphonium). He really gave to the group a softer, slightly smoother sound and aided in making this recording a truly distinctive and memorable treasure.

Aaaaaaaah the beauty and charm of jazz music never ceases to amaze me! This is gold folks.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Best Blue Note Freddie 30 Dec 2005
By Scott - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I have every Hubbard Blue Note album as a leader and most as a sideman, and I'd have to say this one gets the most listens out of me. The lineup is stellar, including McCoy Tyner and Wayne Shorter. Bernard McKinney's Euphonium subtly adds a great amount of depth to the group's sound at the heads. If you are missing this in your collection you really ought to pick it up.
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