Freddie Hubbard The Baddest Hubbard
- Released: June 9, 2009
- Originally Released: 1975
- Label: Wounded Bird Records
- 1.Red Clay
- 2.In a Mist
- 3.First Light
- 4.Here's That Rainy Day
Personnel: Freddie Hubbard (trumpet); George Benson (guitar); Tosha Samaroff, Harold Kohon, David Nadien, Matthew Raimondi, Gene Orloff, Irving Spice, Paul Gershman, Emanuel Green, Joe Malin (violin); Al Brown & His Tunetoppers, The Manny Vardi Strings (viola); Charles McCracken , George Ricci (cello); Hubert Laws (flute, alto flute, clarinet, bass clarinet); Wally Kane (flute, piccolo, bass clarinet, bassoon); Phil Bodner (flute, piccolo, bass clarinet); Romeo Penque (flute, clarinet, oboe, English horn); George Marge (flute, clarinet); Jane Taylor (bassoon); Alan Rubin, Marvin Stamm (trumpet, flugelhorn); Jim Buffington, Ray Alonge (French horn); Garnett Brown, Wayne Andre (trombone); Paul Faulise (bass trombone); Richard Wyands (piano, electric piano, organ); Keith Jarrett (piano, electric piano); Herbie Hancock (piano); Phil Kraus (vibraphone); Jack DeJohnette, Lenny White, Billy Cobham (drums); Airto, Ray Barretto, Ed Shaughnessy (percussion).
THE BADDEST HUBBARD, a one-off compilation from 1975, selects four lengthy tracks from four CTI Freddie Hubbard albums of the '70s. This was the age of prime fusion but there is nothing pandering or pumped-up about these cuts. On the contrary, the ambitious Creed Taylor production on RED CLAY and FIRST LIGHT gave Hubbard a chance to leave the Blue Note-era hard bop for good and experiment with some new sounds in a commercially rewarding context. While perhaps not on a level with Gil Evans's collaborations with Miles Davis, the Don Sebesky scoring on a track like "In A Mist" (not the Bix Beiderbecke composition) is advanced and light-textured. Whoever originally compiled THE BADDEST HUBBARD strove to highlight the man's artistry and they succeeded on this deceptively unassuming LP.
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