Freddie Hubbard dies at 70

Freddie Hubbard

Somehow 70 seems too early for this masterful trumpeter, known as much for his work with Ornette Coleman on Free Jazz, Eric Dolphy on Out to Lunch and John Coltrane on Ole Coltrane and Ascension (among others) as for his own recordings as an ensemble leader. (I must confess to only owning a copy of his Blue Note solo debut Open Sesame, an error I plan to rectify in the very near future.)

Read the International Herald Tribune obituary here.


estiv said...

He was always kind of in Miles's shadow, which wasn't really fair since he had his own voice. But then, he replaced Miles when the "Second Great Quintet" regrouped as VSOP, which was a pretty high compliment from the other members of that group.

erik hogstrom said...

I adore his work on Oliver Nelson's "The Blues and the Abstract Truth." Nelson likened Hubbard to "John Coltrane playing the trumpet." I can't disagree.

Bruno Leicht said...

Well, I'm sorry, but I don't agree with Oliver Nelson here, as much as I love that beautiful recording, and especially Freddie Hubbard's solos there.

Freddie never reached Trane's soulful deepness neither in sound and expression, nor in rhythm. The only trumpeters who came close to Trane in my opinion were Booker Little and Woody Shaw.

R.I.P. Freddie Hubbard We all will miss you.