Anthology: The Soul-Jazz Fusion Years 66-82

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This collection on the U.K.'s Soul Brother imprint is a very compelling look at a big slice of Freddie Hubbard's long career as a leader, and one that gets ignored for the most part. Hubbard recorded over 20 records between Backlash, his Atlantic debut in 1966, and Ride Like the Wind for Elektra in 1982, with lengthy stops at Columbia and CTI as well some straight hard bop and post-bop outings for labels Fantasy and Pablo. In many cases, some of these original recordings were not only disregarded by more traditional jazzheads, they were regarded with outright hostility. It didn't matter to Hubbard, however, because at the time, these were among his best-selling albums and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This collection on the U.K.'s Soul Brother imprint is a very compelling look at a big slice of Freddie Hubbard's long career as a leader, and one that gets ignored for the most part. Hubbard recorded over 20 records between Backlash, his Atlantic debut in 1966, and Ride Like the Wind for Elektra in 1982, with lengthy stops at Columbia and CTI as well some straight hard bop and post-bop outings for labels Fantasy and Pablo. In many cases, some of these original recordings were not only disregarded by more traditional jazzheads, they were regarded with outright hostility. It didn't matter to Hubbard, however, because at the time, these were among his best-selling albums and connected with the public deeply. This 18-cut set leaves out the straighter jazz albums and his dates as a sideman -- there were dozens -- in favor of Hubbard's long sojourn into soul-jazz, fusion, and jazz-funk. The early soul-jazz sides on Atlantic are represented by a pair of cuts from Backlash and one each from High Blues Pressure and A Soul Experiment, before moving into his years with Creed Taylor. These years contain classics such as the title jams from Red Clay and First Light, but they go deeper and get stranger -- as well as more cosmic -- with the inclusion of tracks like "Povo," a wild reading of "People Make the World Go Around," and "Spirits of Trane" from Polar AC and Keep Your Soul Together. Disc two also includes far funkier jams such as "Baraka Sasa" and "Kuntu" from High Energy and Liquid Love, respectively. There are certainly albums left out from this period, even those that followed the grooved-out dictums of the tracks included, but it hardly matters since what is presented here is the best of the best, even following Hubbard's trail all the way down to albums like Splash and Born to Be Blue. In other words, this is a great introduction to the music of Hubbard after his initial Blue Note period and before he returned to his hard bop roots in the middle of the 1980s. In fact, the only thing that would surpass this set is owning the albums these tunes were culled from.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/10/2005
  • Label: Soul Bros Pure Jazz
  • EAN: 5013993671022
  • Catalog Number: 10
  • Sales rank: 196,227

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Return of the Prodigal Son (5:41)
  2. 2 Little Sunflower (7:51)
  3. 3 Latina (4:47)
  4. 4 Soul Turnaround (4:01)
  5. 5 Gittin' Down (6:41)
  6. 6 Red Clay (12:11)
  7. 7 First Light (11:07)
  8. 8 People Make the World Go Around (5:54)
  9. 9 Spirits of Trane (9:08)
  10. 10 Keep Your Soul Together (9:52)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Povo (12:36)
  2. 2 Baraka Sasa (10:31)
  3. 3 Ebony Moonbeams (7:02)
  4. 4 Kuntu (13:20)
  5. 5 Liquid Love (5:50)
  6. 6 Little Sunflower (9:21)
  7. 7 Happiness Is Now (7:55)
  8. 8 Gibraltar (12:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Freddie Hubbard Primary Artist, Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Al Jarreau Vocals
Ray Barretto Percussion
George Benson Guitar
George Cables Piano, Electric Piano, Clavinet
Hadley Caliman Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Buddy Collette Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Junior Cook Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Jack DeJohnette Drums
Carlos Garnett Tenor Saxophone
Herbie Hancock Piano
Louis Hayes Drums
Keith Jarrett Piano, Electric Piano
Harold Land Tenor Saxophone
Hubert Laws Flute, Soloist
Bennie Maupin Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Tom Scott Flute, Tenor Saxophone
James Spaulding Flute, Alto Saxophone, Soloist
Marvin Stamm Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Howard Johnson Tuba
Richard Wyands Piano
Grady Tate Drums
Lenny White Drums
Chester Thompson Drums
Henry Franklin Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass
Herbie Lewis Bass
Kiane Zawadi Trombone
Airto Moreira Percussion
Wayne Andre Trombone
Otis Ray Appleton Drums
Kenny Barron Piano, Electric Piano
Rubens Bassini Percussion
Oscar Brashear Trumpet
Kent Brinkley Bass
Garnett Brown Trombone
Buck Clarke Percussion
Billy Cobham Drums
Chick Corea Keyboards
Bob Cunningham Bass
Chuck Domanico Bass
Joe Farrell Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Paul Faulise Bass Trombone
Chuck Findley Trumpet
Steve Houghton Drums
Larry Klein Bass, Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass
Phil Kraus Vibes
Steve Madaio Trumpet
George Marge Clarinet, Flute, Bass Clarinet
Ralph Penland Drums
Romeo Penque Clarinet, Flute, English Horn, Oboe
Phil Ranelin Trombone
Aurell Ray Guitar
Reggie Workman Bass
Alan Rubin Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Jumma Santos Percussion
Ian Underwood Moog Synthesizer
Carlos "Patato" Valdes Conga, Maracas
Ernie Watts Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Snooky Young Trumpet
Dick Hyde Trombone
Wally Kane Bass Clarinet, Piccolo
Mayuto Correa Percussion
Carl Burnett Drums
Gary Illingworth Organ
Carl Randall Jr. Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Billy Childs Trio Keyboards
Phillip Teele Trombone
Freddie Waits Drums
Technical Credits
Al Jarreau Composer
Walter Bishop Jr. Composer
George Cables Composer, String Ensemble
Gil Fuller Producer
Harold Ousley Composer
Thom Bell Composer
Claus Ogerman Producer
Linda Creed Composer
Joel Dorn Producer
Freddie Hubbard Composer, Producer
Juno Lewis Contributor
Arif Mardin Producer
Paul Rothchild Producer
Creed Taylor Producer
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