Freddie Hubbard : The Body and the Soul
Freddie Hubbard : The Body and the Soul
Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Wayne Shorter ( tenor sax), Eric Dolphy (alto sax, flute), Jerome Richardson (tenor & baritone sax), Seldon Powell (tenor sax), Charles Davis (baritone sax), Clark Terry, Al DeRisi, Ernie Royal, Ed Armour, Richard Williams (trumpet), Bob Northern, Julius Watkins (french horn), Curtis Fuller, Melba Liston (trombone), Robert Powell (tuba), Harry Cykman, Morris Stonzek, Arnold Eidus, Sol Shapiro, Charles McCracken, Harry Katzman, Harry Lookofsky, Gene Orloff, Julius Held, Raoul Poliakin (strings), Cedar Walton (piano), Reggie Workman (bass), Louis Hayes, Philly Joe Jones (drums)
Analogue Productions Records : 2 LPs 180 gram (45rpm)
Limited Edition : 2,500 printings
Brand New and Sealed Record
Discontinued : last copy available!...
1 - Body And Soul
2 - Carnival (Manha De Carnaval)
3 - Chocolate Shake
4 - Dedicated To You
5 - Clatence's Place
6 - Aries
7 - Skylark
8 - I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
9 - Thermo
Recorded on March 11 & May 2, 1963, at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.
The Body & the Soul is Freddie Hubbard's second and last album released on the Impulse! label.
At age 25, Freddie Hubbard made inroads into modern jazz most trumpeters could not imagine, much less come through with. As a soloist, one of Hubbard’s crowning achievements in his early period was this recording on which he teamed with Wayne Shorter, marginally as a performer but prominent in the role of arranger/conductor for his first time ever. Utilizing a septet, 16-piece big band, and orchestra plus stings to play concise, tight tunes, Shorter provides the backdrop to employ Hubbard’s bold toned trumpet and all of its devices in a full display of his powerful melodic talents. Yeoman Reggie Workman plays bass on all selections, with drummer Louis Hayes in the seven-piece combo, and great work from Philly Joe Jones in the larger bands. Interestingly enough, the three tracks with the smaller ensemble are the most interesting, due to the presence of Eric Dolphy, Curtis Fuller, Cedar Walton, and Shorter on the front line. “Clarence’s Place” is a post-bop jewel with spiky brass accents and Dolphy’s ribald and outre alto sax solo contrasting Shorter’s relatively reserved tenor, “Dedicated to You” is a wisp of a tune, while “Body & Soul,” an atypical choice for the opening selection, is a straight read of the classic ballad with a chart that sounds larger than the small horn section, and a wavering flute via Dolphy. The big band does an unusual soul-jazz treatment of the Brazilian number “Manha de Carnaval” flavored by Robert Northern’s French horn, while “Aries” is a hard bop show stopper with two-note accents buoying Hubbard’s great lyrical lines, and goes further into hard bop with “Thermo” as the horns demand attention with the trumpeter as an afterthought. The string section, ten pieces strong, joins the big band on the film noir type Duke Ellington piece “Chocolate Shake,” the stock “I Got It Bad,” and “Skylark,” with its soft clarion intro bubbling underneath with the violins, violas, and cellos.
The manner in which this recording is programmed is thoughtful in that it lends to the diversity of the project, but is seamless from track to track. Dan Morgenstern’s hefty liner notes also explain the concept behind this ambitious project, one which did not compare to any of Hubbard’s other recordings in his career. Therefore it stands alone as one of the most unique productions in his substantive discography, and a quite credible initial go-round for Shorter as an orchestrator.
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.
This Analogue Productions LP was remastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray at AcousTech, using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed on virgin vinyl at RTI.