Freddie Hubbard Liquid Love
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- Released: June 9, 2009
- Originally Released: 1975
- Label: Wounded Bird Records
Record Collector (magazine) - p.913 stars out of 5 -- "[With] 'Kunto,' an epic, funk-infused piece of spacey fusion."
- 1.Midnight at the Oasis
- 2.Put It in the Pocket
- 3.Lost Dreams
- 4.Liquid Love
- 5.Yesterday's Thoughts
Personnel: Freddie Hubbard (vocals, trumpet, flugelhorn); Maurice Green, Mike Levy (vocals); Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Ray Parker Jr. (guitar); George Cables (strings, piano, electric piano, Clavinet); Carl Randall, Jr. (flute, tenor saxophone); Albert Hall , Al Hall (trombone); Ian Underwood (synthesizer, Moog synthesizer); Henry Franklin (bass instrument, acoustic bass); Chuck Rainey (bass instrument); Kenneth "Spider Webb" Rice , Carl Burnette, Carl Burnett (drums); Buck Clarke (congas, cowbells, bells); Mayuto Correa (percussion).
Recording information: Wally Heider's L.A; Wally Hieder's L.A.
Illustrator: Lou Beach.
Arrangers: Freddie Hubbard; George Cables.
Imagine hearing trumpeter Freddie Hubbard sing! Truth be told he only joins in on the group vocal of "Put It in the Pocket" but that is about the only historic aspect to this wasteful release. While Hubbard's CTI recordings had perfectly balanced both the artistic and the commercial, much of his Columbia output sounds as if it was recorded strictly for the money. None of the six selections heard on this LP stayed in Hubbard's repertoire long (when was the last time that he performed "Midnight at the Oasis" and "Liquid Love"?) and the funky rhythms do little to uplift the music. George Cables, who plays keyboards on this album and was responsible for some of the arrangements has his name misspelled "Gables" on the album jacket; was he trying to hide his identity? ~ Scott Yanow
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