All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 (or more) and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help

287

Freddie Hubbard: New Colors

Jim Santella By
Published:
Sign in to view read count
Freddie Hubbard and his New Jazz Composers Octet dig into the mainstream and come up with a winner. It's a team effort. Most of the selections are arranged by trumpeter David Weiss to reflect group interaction and a robust ensemble sound. Anchored by baritone saxophone and bass, the band aims for a dramatic flair as each melody is interpreted with deliberation. Seven of the eight selections are Hubbard's originals. "Red Clay" has mellowed with age, but its new "team" sound reflects the familiar melody and draws immediate recognition. Hubbard steps forward with a brief flugelhorn solo that retains his forceful style while emphatically rounding off the edges. Throughout the program, key solos appear from flugelhorn, saxophones and piano.

"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 | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop For Jazz

Jazz Raconteurs
The Doorman's Diary
CD/LP/Track Review
Extended Analysis
Read more articles
Straight Life (40th Anniversary Edition)
Straight Life (40th...
CTI Records
2012
buy
[no cover]
High Energy / Liquid...
Black Lion
2012
buy
[no cover]
Sunflower / For Real...
Black Lion
2011
buy
Straight Life
Straight Life
CTI Masterworks
2011
buy
First Light
First Light
CTI Masterworks
2011
buy
[no cover]
The Artistry Of...
Black Lion
2011
buy
Miles Davis Miles Davis
trumpet
Wynton Marsalis Wynton Marsalis
trumpet
Wayne Shorter Wayne Shorter
saxophone
Clifford Brown Clifford Brown
trumpet
Art Blakey Art Blakey
drums
McCoy Tyner McCoy Tyner
piano
Joe Henderson Joe Henderson
sax, tenor
Lee Morgan Lee Morgan
trumpet

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.