2 January 2009

FREDDIE HUBBARD - SUPER BLUE















Freddie Hubbard for Columbia from 1978.
Joe Henderson (tenor), Hubert Laws (flute), Ron Carter (bass), Jack DeJohnette (drums) George Benson (guitar) Kenny Barron (acoustic and electric keyboards).

This session proves that commercial accessibility can coexist with high artistic standards.
In lesser hands, much of this material would sound like smooth jazz; here the interpretations are deep and wide, rewarding repeated listenings. The rhythm section, for example: Carter's acoustic bass is propulsive without edginess, layered with subtle timbres, while DeJohnette plays with a part-swing, part-funk feel that can only be described as Jack Swing. Barron's keyboard is fluid and flexible, his acoustic solo on Theme for Kareem an expose of rolling accents and morphing melody bytes; Laws is technically brilliant, executing difficult lines with unforced grace; Henderson plays with scruffy precision, weaving in and out of the changes, rounding corners, sliding without skidding out of control; Benson's cameo on To Her Ladyship boasts a ringing bell-tone and quicksilver finesse.
Hubbard, at the helm, is flawless; a miniaturist in his attention to detail and nuance, an architect in his mastery of form (check the tuneful arc of his solo over The Surest Things Can Change) and a pyrotechnician of the first order; his fiery, over-the-speed-limit improvisations on Take It to the Ozone,Kareem(both master and alternate take) and the closing vamp of the title cut are as jaw-dropping and finger-popping as anything he's done. Tom Greenland.

This seems to be in and out of print on cd-some sites list it as unavailable while cduniverse have it ready for order.My rip is from the original vinyl.

33 comments:

bacoso said...

On my 9th attempt to upload this - rshare seems to be having problems today

taro nombei said...

Much appreciated. The finest way to honour Freddie Hubbard is to keep playing his music. Not too difficult, I'd say. Thanks Bacoso for helping us with that!
TN

catacaldos said...

Thanks for your efforts.Much appreciated.

Simon666 said...

great stuff, lovely to hear some 70s Freddie I've never heard. Thanks bacoso!

Simon666 said...

... also added it to the Kenny Barron on electric piano discography

AvantGrape said...

Mosaic actually reissued this one on a single CD and they did a fine job with the remaster.

insularis said...

Thank you very much, bacoso!

jaguar said...

Many thanks for this LP.

A sad loss to end the year.

David said...

Many thanks for this. 70s era Freddie that proves he was still on his game even when he was paying the bills.

nice....

cheeba said...

Cheers bacoso! Much better than the 192k vinyl rip I found on slsk a few years back. Still keeping an eye out for the wax...

BHM said...

Much thanks for this!!

Muddy said...

Thanks for ALLL the great music I never would have heard without you!

alex said...

superb drop & tribute bacoso!

g.raf said...

Thank you Bacoso.
A fine tribute to a truly great musician!

Hanimex 3000 said...

Bacoso you deserve plentiful of thanks I was desesperately seeking after this one for AGES! Never managed to find a clean copy of this LP yet, but your rip will be of great use, I'm preparing a broadcast focused on Freddie's 70s recordings for Columbia, and SB was the only album I missed.
Thanks again, and happy 2009!
NewBell

Gianni said...

Thank you Bacoso.

slsmithsr said...

What more can you say...the man/musician will be missed.

El Slick

fabianbass said...

excellent, never see this Freddy album...very thx!!

emile63 said...

Just learnt about the death of Freddie Hubbard, what a loss to the Jazz and music community. It is now for blogs such as yours to keep artist such as Freddie Hubbards expansive music catalogue available as we know that the record companies always release only the greatest hits or a distorted representation of the artist's musical journey and styles. Keep up the great work

uilsonjc said...

Rio de Janeiro, january 9th,2009
By : uilsonjc

Dear friend bacoso.
I've tried to download Freddie Hubbard - "Superblue" through http://www.mediafire.com/?19z0zfloniw copying and pasting it on mediafire search windows but I didn't get it (message is no file available). Please send me instructions by uilsonjc@hotmail.com on how to get it. Thank you very much.

ludoo said...

Could you by any chance reup it on rapidshare? mediafire is giving an error...

Thanks!!!

Simon666 said...

mediafire is just bad in general today, try it again tomorrow ...

ludoo said...

Will do, thanks!

bacoso said...

deleted the mediafire link and reupped on rapidshare-320 vinyl rip:
http://rapidshare.com/files/183147768/Freddie_Hubbard.rar

ludoo said...

Wow thanks that was quick! :)

jazzlover said...

Freddie was one of its kind. thanks for this post

Marco said...

Bacoso; Excuse my ignorance, I am a 1st timer on the blog land. How can I access your music library ...? Thanks so much ...Mazo - SA, TX

Ali Jordana Maltz said...

Thank You for Your Generosity, all this Jazz is amazing! Much Love, Ali J

Mazo said...

Never mind ... I figured out - I am in ... Superb music ... one of a kind collection... Gracias, Bacoso..~!

ThorZeen said...

A friend of mine as me about this album the other day. He said he had in on wax (which is long gone) and wanted to know if I heard it. Which I did not. Wow, this is really, really tight. Thank Bacoso!

ThorZeen

Aux Port Modulators said...

rapidshare link dead

marcelo said...

Great site. The link doesn't work.

jpo said...

any chance reupping freddie SB?
thanks!