563

Freddie Hubbard: Keystone Bop Vol. 2: Friday/Saturday

Douglas Payne By

Sign in to view read count
Here's Freddie Hubbard the way he was meant to be heard — muscular, exciting, in good form and live on stage with outstanding guests and a top-notch band. Keystone Bop: Vol 2 Friday / Saturday is the second installation from a weekend series of sets recorded November 27-29, 1981, at Todd Barkan's long-gone Keystone Korner in San Francisco. The first issue of this great music came out last year on Prestige as Keystone Bop: Sunday Night. Most of the music from these two Prestige CDs was originally issued on vinyl in the mid 1980s by Fantasy as Keystone Bop , Freddie Hubbard Classics and A Little Night Music.

Hubbard fronts an excellent group here with his then-current working group (Billy Childs on piano, Larry Klien on bass and Steve Houghton on drums) and prominently features San Francisco residents / guests Joe Henderson and Bobby Hutcherson at their very, very best. Keystone Bop: Vol 2 also adds the formerly unreleased "Round Midnight," a sterling showcase for Henderson, to the stew.

The trumpeter, having released a slew of forgettable fusion records on Columbia by 1981, blew the ears off listeners who thought he'd lost that unique ability of his with performances like this. Since then, Hubbard's edge has deteriorated because of physical (not commercial) problems — although 1991's MusicMasters release Live at Fat Tuesdays often gets as good as this. Hubbard delivers long, exciting takes of superior blowing tunes like "One of Another Kind," "Red Clay" and "First Light." Not one is less than 17 minutes! Each of the talented participants gets to strut his stuff - and they clearly like making music with one another - and the audience undoubtedly gets its money's worth. You will too. Great stuff!

| Record Label: Prestige Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Akua's Dance CD/LP/Track Review Akua's Dance
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Daylight Ghosts CD/LP/Track Review Daylight Ghosts
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Live at PafA CD/LP/Track Review Live at PafA
by Matthew Aquiline
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Ocean of Storms CD/LP/Track Review Ocean of Storms
by Troy Dostert
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Transparent Water CD/LP/Track Review Transparent Water
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Billows Of Blue CD/LP/Track Review Billows Of Blue
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 20, 2017
Read "Moons" CD/LP/Track Review Moons
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 16, 2016
Read "Anthology - Bigger Than Life" CD/LP/Track Review Anthology - Bigger Than Life
by Doug Collette
Published: December 24, 2016
Read "Dream In The Blue" CD/LP/Track Review Dream In The Blue
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: July 28, 2016
Read "Vanheusenism: A Tribute to Jimmy Van Heusen" CD/LP/Track Review Vanheusenism: A Tribute to Jimmy Van Heusen
by Jerome Wilson
Published: October 4, 2016
Read "Daylight Ghosts" CD/LP/Track Review Daylight Ghosts
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 21, 2017
Read "The Long Good Friday OST" CD/LP/Track Review The Long Good Friday OST
by Roger Farbey
Published: July 1, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!