Posted by: Khepera | Monday, 29 December 2008

Freddie Hubbard Joins the ancestors….

I just found out about this, about Freddie’s transition, ibaiye, ibaiye… As I turned to writing this, I had to put on Red Clay, perhaps his most signature piece, from the CTI days of the 60’s/70’s. While many will eulogize him in a more typical way, I choose to speak to his distinctions…

To many, even of that time, Freddie is lost in the background to Miles. But those who know the real story on the ‘Birth Of The Cool’, recognize the who & what of Freddie, and, of course, Clifford Brown. But Freddie had more than Miles’ shadow to cope with — there was also the shadow of the world’s jazz ambassador, Dizzy Gillespie.  Along with Lee Morgan, Donald Byrd, and others, Freddie carved out his own niche, his own territory of straight ahead jazz, and left a mark — greater when one considers his longevity in the field.

If you are not familiar with his music, now is as good a time as any to catch up.  I used to play his jams on my radio show with regularity….and will do so perhaps a bit more now. Freddie won a Grammy for First Light, which is kicking on my system now as I bring this to a close…

Billboard article

Wikipedia biography

Biography @

LA Times article


  1. Freddie will be missed. My cousin, trumpeter Oscar Brashear has often been compared to him in their style, particularly when playing the fluegelhorn (sp.).


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