Freddie Hubbard born on this date in Indiana, seems to a favorite of many including myself. My first album of his which introduced him to me was Red Clay and I fell in love with his sound then. He is an incredible artist playing in the style of my favorite genres of jazz, Bop, Hard Bop and Post Bop. Speaking of his sound, it is his own, being influenced by Clifford Brown and Lee Morgan. Ready For Freddie is perhaps his best album on the Bluenote label with stellar sidemen, Bernard McKinney on the euphonium, Wayne Shorter on tenor sax, McCoy Tyner piano, Art Davis bass and Elvin Jones on drums. Recorded in 1961 at the Van Gelder Studios, this particular album has extra tracks and been remastered making it a RVG album. This is brilliant work, way up on the WOW scale, definitely a must own album. Happy Birthday to Freddie Hubbard! Discover and enjoy!
Enrico Rava lives in New York and is Italian born, He is also an incredible Jazz trumpeter, in fact the best known italian jazz player. He started out on Trombone playing in Dixieland style but then heard Miles Davis and had a life altering experience as many of us do and changed to Trumpet. He is mainly a Bebop man with some work in the Avant Garde style. The late 60’s saw him playing with Steve Lacy, Carla Bley, Paul Motian, and Lee Konitz to name a few. The 70’s and 80’s saw him playing with Pat Methany, Joe Lovano, Michael Petrucciani, Joe Henderson, John Ambercrombe, and Cecil Taylor. Mr. Rava has gotten around a bit and his discography is huge to say the least.
New York Days is Enrico Rava’s latest album on the ECM label. He always surrounds himself with excellent talent, and has such a beautiful touch and sound on the Trumpet… you must experience!!
Charlie Byrd, Jazz Guitarist, influenced by Django Rienhardt who brought the Bossa Nova to the US. Charlie was in Washington D.C. and heard Stan Getz at a gig, after the performance Charlie introduced himself and said to Stan, I have these albums I have collected from my tour in South America I’d like you to listen to. Stan went back to Charlies apartment and the rest is history. They both made an album together known as Jazz Samba which became a hit album and Bossa Nova was born.
Donald Byrd…in my opinion one of the most underrated Trumpet players in Jazz history. He replaced Clifford Brown when Clifford left “The Jazz Messengers” and in the late 50’s played with all the great names, Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Monk, and Sonny Rollins. To get to know his sound and playing style I recommend his All Day Long and At the Half Note Cafe Vol. 1 & 2 albums.
Clifford Brown was incredible, born in Wilmington, Delaware 1930, He played in highschool and collage bands and while still in his teens while attracting the attention of Miles Davis, Todd Dameron, and Max Roach. He studied music at the University of Maryland and in 1952 was involved in a serious car accident that hospitalized him for a year. Autumn of 53 Clifford joined Lionel Hamptons big band where he toured Europe. Lionels band was loaded with talent and their contract stipulated that they couldn’t record with anyone else. Several members including Clifford recorded with other groups and when Lional returned to the USA he was let go. Mid 1954 Brown joined Max Roach and formed the famous Clifford Brown and Max Roach Quintet. They recorded several albums over the next 2 years and in the early morning of June 26th. 1956 Clifford, Ritchie Powell (pianist and Bud Powell’s brother) and Ritchie’s wife were killed when they went off the highway on the Pennsylvania interstate.