Freddie Hubbard: New Colors
"Blue Spirits" lopes in three and captures the mood. Hubbard, Craig Handy and Xavier Davis take turns in the solo spotlight, while the arrangement sparkles with its full band sound. "Blues for Miles" swings with a light New Orleans shuffle rhythm and showcases Hubbard's brightest solo of the program. He's strong and fluid for this tribute. The ensemble's swinging arrangement of Hubbard's homage to Miles Davis makes it another winner. "Dizzy's Connotations" rides a Latin wave alongside Hubbard's playful high jinks. "True Colors" finds the ensemble driving with a forceful pattern that reflects jazz's dramatic nature. For this one, trumpeter David Weiss blends his brassy timbre with the other members in a fiery display. Hubbard, 63, has opted to share his veteran experience with the younger members of his band. The team-driven result is a feather in the cap of straight-ahead jazz and a significant candidate for this year's top ten list.
Track Listing: One of Another Kind; Blue Spirits; Blues for Miles; Dizzy's Connotations; True Colors; Red Clay; Osie Mae; Inner Space.
Personnel: Freddie Hubbard- flugelhorn; David Weiss- trumpet; Craig Handy- tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone; Myron Walden, Ted Nash- alto saxophone; Luis Bonilla- trombone; Chris Karlic- baritone saxophone; Xavier Davis- piano; Dwayne Burno- bass; Joe Chambers, Idris Muhammad- drums; Steve Davis- trombone on "Inner Space;" Kenny Garrett- alto saxophone on "Blues for Miles;" Javon Jackson- tenor saxophone on "Dizzy's Connotations".
Record Label: Hip-Bop