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Ready for Freddie [Remaster]

Artist: Freddie Hubbard (Recorded By)

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Label: Blue Note (Label)
Album: Ready for Freddie [Remaster]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Arietis
2)    Weaver of Dreams
3)    Marie Antoinette
4)    Birdlike
5)    Crisis
6)    Arietis - (alternate take, bonus track)
7)    Marie Antoinette - (alternate take, bonus track)

Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Freddie Hubbard (trumpet); Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone); Bernard McKinney (euphonium); McCoy Tyner (piano); Art Davis (bass); Elvin Jones (drums).
  • Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on August 21, 1961. Includes liner notes Nat Hentoff and Bob Blumenthal.
  • This is part of the Blue Note's RVG series.
  • Personnel: Freddie Hubbard (trumpet); Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone); Bernard McKinney (euphonium); McCoy Tyner (piano); Elvin Jones (drums).
  • Audio Remasterer: Rudy Van Gelder.
  • Liner Note Authors: Nat Hentoff; Bob Blumenthal.
  • Recording information: Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ (08/21/1961/11/30/1962).
  • Photographer: Francis Wolff.
  • Of all the talented young trumpeters to emerge in the late 1950s, few were gifted with the astonishing technical aptitude of Indianapolis native Freddie Hubbard. Whereas friend, contemporary and erstwhile rival Lee Morgan seemed to reflect the braggadocio of Dizzy Gillespie, Hubbard was more in tune with the supple airborne phrasing of Clifford Brown, which is why drummer Art Blakey brought Hubbard into the Jazz Messengers to supersede Morgan--figuring he would prove a less dominating foil for the emerging talents of tenor saxophonist and musical director, Wayne Shorter.
  • Not that Hubbard lacked fire. It's just that his harmonic sensibility and chops were so refined, he was able to approximate the fluidity of a saxophonist--which is why the young virtuoso got the nod for special projects by Eric Dolphy, Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane. The latter's shadow looms prominently over the proceedings on READY FOR FREDDIE, Hubbard's fourth and most compelling date as a leader: Wayne Shorter is still discovering his own way through Coltrane-ish phrases and harmonic devices, Bernard McKinney's euphonium provides a stark contrasting timbre, while the rhythm section from OLE COLTRANE confers a supple, shifting groove to the proceedings.
  • Hubbard distinguishes himself both as improviser and composer. The jagged harmonic contrasts that announce "Arietis" segue into a bright groove, as the trumpeter unwinds complex, unhurried lines against pianist McCoy Tyner's varied comp and the big loose beat of Art Davis and Elvin Jones. On "Weaver Of Dreams," Hubbard displays a lithe, rounded attack, making confident musical use of trills and double-time syncopations over Jones' cat-like brushes. Shorter's "Marie Antoinette" is a radiant, upbeat theme that inspires rollicking tenor and trumpet solos, while Hubbard's "Birdlike" offers the challenge of a wildly syncopated theme and driving rhythm changes, which the trumpeter meets with bold, urgent lines and boppish accents. And the dancing Afro-Cuban vamp, fervent tag-line and swinging release of Hubbard's "Crisis" showcases each soloist at an imaginative peak.

Professional Reviews
JazzTimes (2/96, p.84) - "...a showcase for Hubbard's most refined writing and arranging, as the trumpeter transcends his remarkable technique to maintain a steely melodic focus..."

Producer:Alfred Lion; Michael Cuscuna (Reissue)
Format:CD (0 Disc); Stereo
Studio/Live: Studio
Release Date:1 March, 2004
Guest Artist: Wayne Shorter; McCoy Tyner; Art Davis; Elvin Jones
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From the opening phrases of 'Arietis' this album captures your total listening attention. With the enlightened playing of such an incredible band of musicians, jazz-legends in their own right, Hubbard's compositions and arrangements sparkle with melodic invention and harmonically rich texture.
Wayne Shorter chips in with his hard-swinging 'Marie Antoinette' and the classic standard 'Weaver of Dreams' is played with sensitivity and charm.
The overall playing on this album is exceptional. Check out Hubbard's solo on the blues track 'Birdlike'. Hard swinging, fluent with ideas and technically flawless.
This is a 'must-have' for Hubbard fans and trumpet players alike, or if you just dig serious hard-bop.
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