Freddie Hubbard: Fastball
Emotion? Yes, that's always been Hubbard's forte. He expresses at length here and never tires. Half-valve growls, flutter-tonguing, and loose finger rattles allow the leader to toss in a blues message here and there. The trumpet's volume remains high and Hubbard prefers disjoined phrases. Typically, his solos run for over five minutes. Hard bop had a new favorite son in '67. The ballad, however, suffers from all this forceful overblowing. Hubbard's "Willow Weep for Me," a ten-minute feature, sobs and cries much harder than it should. Rather than fluid, legato weeping, the trumpeter translates the piece into dry, choppy phrases. We're left with a show of strength, rather than the expected sweetness of that treasured song.
Pianist Kenny Barron is up to his usual high standards. Freddie Hubbard is too; but with a raw power, unleashed and blown out of proportion.
Track Listing: Pensativa; Echoes of Blue; Crisis; Willow Weep for Me; Bob's Place.
Personnel: Freddie Hubbard- trumpet; Bennie Maupin- tenor saxophone; Kenny Barron- piano; Herbie Lewis- bass; Freddie Waits- drums.
Record Label: Label M