First Light [Bonus Track]

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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 1974 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 1974 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 -- there are two versions here, the alternate is almost five minute longer than the master -- and Hubbard's ingenious read of Paul and 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 that 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. [CTI's 2003 version added a bonus track, "First Light."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/15/1988
  • Label: Epic Europe
  • EAN: 5099751279020
  • Catalog Number: 5127902
  • Sales rank: 91,032

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 First Light (11:08)
  2. 2 Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey (8:19)
  3. 3 Moment to Moment (5:45)
  4. 4 Yesterday's Dreams (3:58)
  5. 5 Lonely Town (7:01)
  6. 6 Fantasy in D (6:58)
  7. 7 First Light (16:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Freddie Hubbard Primary Artist, Trumpet, Flugelhorn
George Benson Guitar
Ron Carter Bass
Jack DeJohnette Drums
Herbie Hancock fender rhodes
Hubert Laws Flute
Richard Wyands Piano
David Nadien Violin
Airto Moreira Percussion
Ray Alonge French Horn
James Buffington French Horn
Eric Gale Guitar
Paul Gershman Violin
Emanuel Green Violin
Harold Kohon Violin
Phil Kraus Vibes
Joseph Malin Violin
George Marge Clarinet, Flute
Gene Orloff Violin
Romeo Penque Clarinet, Flute, English Horn, Oboe
Matthew Raimondi Violin
Margaret Ross Harp
Tosha Samaroff Violin
Irving Spice Violin, Violectra
Jane Taylor Bassoon
Wally Kane Flute, Bassoon
Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Composer
Henry Mancini Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Cedar Walton Composer
Betty Comden Composer
Arnaldo DeSouteiro Reissue Consultant
Didier C. Deutsch Liner Notes
Don Sebesky Arranger, Composer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Adolph Green Composer
Freddie Hubbard Composer
Richard King Engineer
Linda McCartney Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Doug Payne Reissue Consultant
Richard Seidel Reissue Producer
Creed Taylor Producer
Charles Buchanan Engineer
Vic Anesini Mastering
Danny Kadar Remixing
Norman Martin Composer
Stacey Boyle Tape Research
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