Freddie Hubbard High Energy
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- Released: June 9, 2009
- Originally Released: 1975
- Label: Wounded Bird Records
Record Collector (magazine) - p.914 stars out of 5 -- "[The album] achieves the right balance between edgy, exploratory fusion and commercial intent."
- 1.Camel Rise
- 2.Black Maybe
- 3.Baraka Sasa
- 5.Ebony Moonbeams
- 6.Too High
Personnel: Freddie Hubbard (trumpet, flugelhorn, horns); Dean Parks (guitar); Jules Chaiken (steel guitar, strings); Jules Chaikin (strings); Ernie Watts (flute, bass flute, saxophone, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Junior Cook (flute, saxophone, tenor saxophone); Pete Christlieb (bass clarinet, saxophone, tenor saxophone); Pete Christleib (bass clarinet, tenor saxophone); Dick Hyde, George Bohannon, George Bohanon, Richard Hyde (trombone); George Cables (piano, electric piano); Joe Sample (Clavinet, organ, keyboards); Ian Underwood (ARP synthesizer); Kent Brinkley (bass instrument); Harvey Mason, Sr. , Ralph Penland (drums); King Errisson (congas); Carmelo Garcia (timbales, percussion); Victor Feldman (percussion).
Recording information: 04/29/1974-05/02/1974.
Arranger: Dale Oehler.
One of Freddie Hubbard's few decent efforts during his very commercial period with Columbia, this 1974 LP found his quintet (with tenor-saxophonist Junior Cook and keyboardist George Cables) joined by a small orchestra and a string section. Fortunately these six performances (particularly "Crisis," "Ebony Moonbeams" and Stevie Wonder's "Too High") are given fairly creative treatment. The leader/trumpeter is in good form and there is solo space given to Ernie Watts (on bass flute, soprano and flute) and tenorman Pete Christlieb in addition to the quintet members.
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