29 December 2008

Freddie Hubbard

Sad, sad news today, as the great Freddie Hubbard has passed on, due to complications stemming from his November heart attack. One of the few true legends of jazz still around, Hubbard left his mark on hard bop, free jazz, and the avant-garde, playing on such classic albums as Maiden Voyage, Free Jazz, and Ascension, and many of his own outstanding albums. He will be missed.

Hubbard was an early favorite of mine, as I listened to him often in my trumpet-playing days, trying to learn style from one of the trumpet masters. To me, there were few trumpet solos as great as his blistering take on "One Finger Snap" off of Herbie Hancock's Empyrean Isles. Rest in peace, Freddie.

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