One of the greats has left us. Freddie Hubbard, trumpeter extraordinaire, has passed away at the age of 70 after suffering a heart attack around Thanksgiving. He played on over 300 recordings, dozens of solo releases, and was a member of the VSOP group fronted by Herbie Hancock. He also was the trumpeter in Ornette Coleman's groundbreaking LP Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation, and on John Coltrane's LP Ascension.
In his youth he was known for his insane high notes and his ability to play at ridiculous speeds with ridiculous force. As he aged he shifted his tone to a slower, warmer feel, with equal success. Here are some live performances for you to enjoy.
Here is Freddie Hubbard playing MOANIN' as part of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers in 1962. Freddie Hubbard was 24 years old in this performance. (w/ Art Blakey, Wayne Shorter, Curtis Fuller, Cedar Walton, and Reggie Workman)
Here is Freddie Hubbard's RED CLAY, from the album of the same name released in 1970. (w/ Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Joe Henderson, and Lenny White)
Here is an audio recording from a radio performance of Freddie Hubbard playing his song BIRDLIKE. (w/ McCoy Turner, Ron Carter, and Elvin Jones)