Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Freddie Hubbard Makes the World go Round (R.I.P)




A sad loss last Monday - the great trumpeter Freddie Hubbard passed away at the age of 70 after suffering a heart attack in November. You can find links to albums from his 1969-1975 period at the "Polar AC" post here, and he's also a featured soloist on "Shaft's Big Score".

Hubbard's demise has also prompted some interesting and rare posts in the last few days - "Super Blue" from 1978 at Orgy in Rhythm, and a rare 1972 live show at Ubu Roi. Edit : Ubu Roi continues to add many Hubbard bootlegs, go here.

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In other news, a Happy New Year to everyone who frequents this blog, and I hope you manage to get completely trashed tonight. I'm back from vacation now and looking forward to bringing you more stuff in the new year.

24 comments:

peskypesky said...

Happy Holidays to you!

Simon666 said...

Thanks peskypesky, same to you.

Art Simon said...

Sad News to start the new year.

Cheers, all the best!

peskypesky said...

Freddie Hubbard's death does kind of dampen my holiday cheer. Kind of like when James Brown died on Christmas of 2006. :(

But Freddie lived a cool life and made a lot of great music and saw the world and made people happy.

ish said...

Best for the new year Simon. It's been great getting to know you. Music blogs have been pretty much the best thing about 2008 for me. Bring on 2009!

vesper said...

Wish you the best jazz year ever, Simon

taro nombei said...

2009 has already arrived here in Japan... I guess it has in Oz too. Happy New Year of the Ox!
Thanks for all your brilliant and exhaustive posts over the last 12 months and more - turned me on to lots of great sounds.
All the best...
TN

Simon666 said...

Hope you guys all had a good night :)

g.raf said...

Happy New Year Simon!
Thanks for all the great music you have shared over the past year.

Jeff said...

RIP Hubb! I love that man's recordings.

Happy New Year to all of you fellow Rhodes fanatics...

(Thanks for the blog Simon.)

sasha said...

Long live King Freddie!! The man could move you with a rendition of a nursery rhyme....Blessings and happy new year to all.

cazalphanatic said...

Happy New Year to everybody, I'm wishing on star for health and peace.Simon thank you for sharing your love 4 music (especially rhodes)

peskypesky said...

If you want, I've uploaded a cool Ben Sidran interview with Freddie Hubbard.

http://rapidshare.com/files/179177384/Sidran_on_Record_with_Freddie_Hubbard.mp3.zip

Thad said...

Hate to start of the new year with this news. But, I listened to "Red Clay" and "Straight Life" and was smiling again soon enough. Thanks to FH for the lifetime of music, and thanks to you for sharing so much good music!

Simon666 said...

Thanks for the comments guys, and thanks peskypesky for the interview - I've added a link within the post itself.

djfunkaholic said...

Sad news regarding Freddie Hubbard. I still remember hearing him for the first time on Herbie Hancocks albums Maiden Voyage and Empyrean Isle and being amazed by his power. Then later on I discovered CTI albums like Red Clay and Straight Life and couldn't get over his prodigious technique, his telepathic exchanges with Ron Carter and Herbie Hancock, the sheer thrill of listening to him solo.. RIP Freddie - you are one of the greats. Condolences to his family as well.

Happy 2009 to Simon and all of your readers - thanks for all the great music you shared in 2008 !

cheeba said...

Welcome back Simon, I hope you enjoyed your break!

It's funny how a lot of blogposts you've done this year wound up being pre-obits. I never got a chance to properly thank you for the Hubbard post back in the day, so just wanna say it's greatly appreciated.

Best wishes for you and yours in 2009!

Simon666 said...

Hi Cheeba.
Was thinking the same thing - maybe I should do a Kenny G post and then he'll ... NO, stop the tasteless jokes now :)

Simon666 said...

(and a great new year to you as well Cheeba, and you Djfunkaholic)

JAZZYPIER said...

Happy New Year (....)
Freddy is gone...RIP
Best
Pier

cheeba said...

Well, the joke ain't nearly as tasteless as Kenny G so I don't see the harm but I guess you're listening to the little angel on your right shoulder...

ubu said...

I just added a list with my on-going Hubbard tribute (all unreleased live shows) on top of my blog, more will be added in the coming days/weeks, check them out!

http://ubu-space.blogspot.com/

Simon666 said...

Thanks Ubu, I've done an edit to the post with a link to your ongoing list of Hubbard bootlegs. Great work sir!

Cope said...


thanks for sharing