Freddie Hubbard : Ready for Freddie

Freddie Hubbard : Ready for Freddie


Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Bernard McKinney (euphonium), Wayne Shorter (tenor sax), McCoy Tyner (piano), Art Davis (bass), Elvin Jones (drums)

Blue Note 4085

Music Matters Records : 2 LPs 180 gram (45rpm)

Limited Edition : 2,500 printings

Brand New and Sealed Record

Discontinued : last copy available!...

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1 - Arietis
2 - Weaver Of Dreams
3 - Marie Antoinette
4 - Birdlike
5 - Crisis

Recorded on August 21, 1961, at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

The Jazz world was more than ready for Freddie Hubbard when the trumpeter burst upon the national scene in 1960. Clifford Brown, an early influence on Hubbard, had died tragically four years earlier. While Lee Morgan was making his mark, Hubbard's arrival gave Jazz a new explosive and colorful virtuoso. His trumpet solos made him a giant within a short time.

Ready For Freddie finds Hubbard completely emerging from the pack and taking his place among the elite. The trumpeter introduces two of his finest compositions, the uptempo blues "Birdlike" and the dramatic "Crisis" and plays beautifully on his ballad feature "Weaver Of Dreams." He shows sidemen Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones that he was in their league, despite being only 23. This is one of the quintessential albums for which Freddie Hubbard is best remembered.

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

Like all Music Matters Jazz releases, this audiophile vinyl reissue is mastered from the original analog tape and pressed on 180g virgin vinyl at RTI. The highest quality gatefold cover features original session photography on the inside.