First Light

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Never one to take lyricism for granted, trumpeter and composer Freddie Hubbard entered Creed Taylor's studio for the third time in 1971 with the express purpose of making a record radically different from anything he'd cut before; he was looking for it to use electricity and to be out of the soul-jazz mold, but was also more ambitious and wanted to push that envelope and himself. Taylor and Hubbard assembled a band that included Herbie Hancock on Rhodes, guitarists Eric Gale and George Benson, bassist Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette on drums, Airto Moreira on percussion, and Richard Wyands on acoustic piano to back him. The band was also supported by the truly ethereal and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Never one to take lyricism for granted, trumpeter and composer Freddie Hubbard entered Creed Taylor's studio for the third time in 1971 with the express purpose of making a record radically different from anything he'd cut before; he was looking for it to use electricity and to be out of the soul-jazz mold, but was also more ambitious and wanted to push that envelope and himself. Taylor and Hubbard assembled a band that included Herbie Hancock on Rhodes, guitarists Eric Gale and George Benson, bassist Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette on drums, Airto Moreira on percussion, and Richard Wyands on acoustic piano to back him. The band was also supported by the truly ethereal and adventurous string arrangements of Don Sebesky (a first for Hubbard). The result is a masterpiece of textured sound, gorgeously far-flung charts, sweet, tight grooves, a subtle mystic feel, and some of Hubbard's most exciting playing ever. The title track and Hubbard's ingenious read of Paul & Linda McCartney's "Uncle Albert/ Admiral Halsey," as well as Leonard Bernstein's "Lonely Town," are so in the pocket that they bleed soul. Benson's uncharacteristically edgy guitar playing juxtaposed against Hubbard's warm tone and Hancock's beautifully modal Rhodes lines, which are drenched with big, open, minor-chord voicings, are simply made more illustrious and graceful by Sebesky's strings. While Red Clay and Straight Life are both fine albums, First Light is the one that connects on all levels, and it did with the jazz-buying public, as well. A masterpiece. [The 2001 remastered reissue adds two bonus tracks: a live version of "First Light" and a run through Cedar Walton's "Fantasy in D." ]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/12/2011
  • Label: Masterworks
  • UPC: 886978672926
  • Catalog Number: 786729
  • Sales rank: 35,884

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Freddie Hubbard Primary Artist, Trumpet, Flugelhorn
George Benson Guitar
Ron Carter Bass
Jack DeJohnette Drums
Hubert Laws Flute
Richard Wyands Piano
David Nadien Violin
Airto Moreira Percussion
Ray Alonge French Horn
Alfred Brown Viola
James Buffington French Horn
Eric Gale Guitar
Paul Gershman Violin
Emanuel Green Violin
Harold Kohon Violin
George Marge Clarinet, Flute
Charles McCracken Cello
Gene Orloff Violin
Romeo Penque Clarinet, Flute, English Horn, Oboe
Matthew Raimondi Violin
George Ricci Cello
Margaret Ross Harp
Tosha Samaroff Violin
Irving Spice Violin
Jane Taylor Bassoon
Wally Kane Flute, Bassoon
Emanuel Vardi Viola
Joe Malin Violin
Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Composer
Henry Mancini Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Cedar Walton Composer
Betty Comden Composer
Don Sebesky Composer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Adolph Green Composer
Freddie Hubbard Composer
Linda McCartney Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Richard Seidel Reissue Producer
Creed Taylor Producer
Norman Martin Composer
Pete Turner Cover Photo
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