Friday, January 02, 2009

Freddie Hubbard ( 1938 - 2008 )

Jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard died of complications from a November 26, 2008 heart attack. Hubbard died on December 29, 2008. The Indianapolis Indiana native began his career with two other jazz standouts, Wes and Monk Montgomery. Freddie was part of a small cadre of jazz musicians who successfully recorded for Creed Taylor's CTI label. Many of these artists (George Benson, Hubert Laws, Stanley Turrentine, Eumir Deodato) recorded and performed with each other and gave jazz a new younger audience. After CTI folded Hubbard went on to Columbia where his album "Super Blue" which contained a stunning rendition of Ross Vanelli's "The Surest Things Can Change" actually cracked Billboard's top 200. It peaked at #131, which is very unusual for a jazz artist. Some critics were quick to unreasonably pounce on Hubbard for becoming "too commercial" In my opinion this was garbage. Hubbard, like any other musician was in the business to make money. This was his livelihood. No one could say that Freddie Hubbard compromised the music. Freddie Hubbard was one of my favorite trumpeters. I will always remember him for the tune "First Light"

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