Freddie Hubbard – New Years Eve Concert (1983)

FrontCover1Frederick Dewayne “Freddie” Hubbard (April 7, 1938 – December 29, 2008) was an American jazz trumpeter. He was known primarily for playing in the bebop, hard bop and post-bop styles from the early 1960s onwards. His unmistakable and influential tone contributed to new perspectives for modern jazz and bebop.

In the 1980s Hubbard was again leading his own jazz group – this time with Billy Childs and Larry Klein, among others, as members – attracting favorable reviews, playing at concerts and festivals in the USA and Europe, often in the company of Joe Henderson, playing a repertory of hard-bop and modal-jazz pieces. Hubbard played at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1980 and in 1989 (with Bobby Hutcherson). He played with Woody Shaw, recording with him in 1985, and two years later recorded Stardust with Benny Golson. In 1988 he teamed up once more with Blakey at an engagement in the Netherlands, from which came Feel the Wind. In 1988, Hubbard played with Elton John, contributing trumpet and flugelhorn and trumpet solos on the track “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters (Part Two)” for John’s Reg Strikes Back album. In 1990 he appeared in Japan headlining an American-Japanese concert package which also featured Elvin Jones, Sonny Fortune, pianists George Duke and Benny Green, bass players Ron Carter, and Rufus Reid, with jazz and vocalist Salena Jones. He also performed at the Warsaw Jazz Festival, at which Live at the Warsaw Jazz Festival (Jazzmen 1992) was recorded.

Following a long setback of health problems and a serious lip injury in 1992 where he ruptured his upper lip and subsequently developed an infection, Hubbard was again playing and recording occasionally, even if not at the high level that he set for himself during his earlier career. His best records ranked with the finest in his field. (by wikipedia)

FreddieHubbard01Freddie Hubbard died on Monday (December 29, 2008) at Sherman Oaks Hospital as a result of a heart attack suffered in late November. He was 70.

In memory of the trumpeter, here’s a Freddie Hubbard show from 1983. Since it was performed on New Year’s Eve 1983, it couldn’t be shared at a more opportune moment.

Recorded live at Redondo Beach, CA; December 31, 1983
Very good FM broadcast.

Billy Childs (piano)
Steve Houghton (drums)
Freddie Hubbard (trumpet, flugelhorn)
Herbie Lewis (bass)
Bob Shepherd (reeds)
Ray Armando (percussion)
Benard Ighner (vocals)

01. Radio announcer 1.31
02: The Night Has A Thousand Eyes (Bernier/Brainin) 14.46
03: Misty (Burke/Garner) 9.43
04: Freddie talks and radio announcer (set break) 1.25
05: Last moments of 1983 (Freddie talks and crowd cheering) and Auld Lang Syne (Traditional) 3.24
06: Super Blue (Ighner) 14.08
07: Freddie talks 0.57
08: My Funny Valentine (Rodgers/Hart) 9.40
09. Announcer 0.17 (another set break)
10. Announcer and Howard Rumsey talks (owner of venue) 2.03
11. Announcer introduction final set 0.25
12. One Of Another Kind (Hubbard) 16.09
13. Freddie talks 3.48
14. Up Jumps Spring (Hubbard) 13.46
15. Freddie talks (band introductions) 3.12
16: Announcer closing credits (over Auld Lang Syne) (Traditional) 3.51