High Energy/Liquid Love/Windjammer

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Freddie Hubbard got a bad rap from jazz critics while at Columbia -- most absolutely hated the music he made there because it indulged pop, soul, funk, and even disco abundantly. He got the last laugh, though. The critics were wrong. Great Britain's BGO offers proof in this two-disc set that contains Hubbard's first three Columbia albums from the mid-'70s: High Energy 1974, the provocatively titled Liquid Love 1975, and Windjammer 1976. Hubbard employed his own quintet on High Energy something he couldn't do previously at CTI, which was comprised of Junior Cook, George Cables, Kent Brinkley, and Ralph Penland. Produced by the well-noted Paul A. Rothchild the Doors, Love, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Freddie Hubbard got a bad rap from jazz critics while at Columbia -- most absolutely hated the music he made there because it indulged pop, soul, funk, and even disco abundantly. He got the last laugh, though. The critics were wrong. Great Britain's BGO offers proof in this two-disc set that contains Hubbard's first three Columbia albums from the mid-'70s: High Energy 1974, the provocatively titled Liquid Love 1975, and Windjammer 1976. Hubbard employed his own quintet on High Energy something he couldn't do previously at CTI, which was comprised of Junior Cook, George Cables, Kent Brinkley, and Ralph Penland. Produced by the well-noted Paul A. Rothchild the Doors, Love, Joni Mitchell, Janis Joplin with guest spots by Pete Christlieb, Ernie Watts, Harvey Mason, and Dick Hyde, High Energy includes two stellar compositions each from Cables and Hubbard, and two covers of Stevie Wonder tunes "Black Maybe" and "Too High". High Energy is kinetic, deeply funky, and filled with stellar melodies and solos. It is jazz-funk at its best. Hubbard produced Liquid Love himself, and utilized the talents of a large group of players; only Cables remained. Studio players included Ray Parker, Jr., Ian Underwood, bassists Henry Franklin and Chuck Rainey, Spider Webb, and even Johnny Guitar Watson on the set's opener and single, a cover of "Midnight at the Oasis." He enraged "purist" critics even further. Hubbard wasn't really even thinking about recording jazz. He was consciously recording dancefloor-oriented, jazzy funk that connected with the public and with club DJs. His own tune, "Put It in the Pocket," reflected P-Funk, and the title cut was aimed straight at the dancefloor of discos. Cables' "Lost Dreams" is very much in Miles Davis' On the Corner mode while "Kuntu" follows suit. Windjammer was an even greater step toward crossover music. Produced and arranged by his old CTI running partner Bob James, with an enormous cast, Hubbard further outraged critics by doing a soulful reading of Gary Wright's pop hit "Dream Weaver," as well as Morris Albert's "Feelings;" both tunes are fine mellow groovers. James' "Touch Me Baby" is full if disco-kissed synth flourishes, while Hubbard's own "Neo Terra" and the title track close it out with two breakbeat-ridden, deep funk steppers. Apparently, despite critics' accusations and tortured lamentations, all three recordings did very well -- they all placed in the Top Ten on the jazz charts and in the Top 25 on the R&B charts. The remastering job on this BGO set is stellar; full, warm, and precise. The liner essay by Charles Waring is historically authoritative and musically insightful. If mid-'70s jazz-funk is your thing, you simply cannot go wrong with this collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/14/2012
  • Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
  • EAN: 5017261210241
  • Catalog Number: 6121024
  • Sales rank: 56,771

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Camel Rise (6:24)
  2. 2 Black Maybe (4:57)
  3. 3 Baraka Sasa (10:29)
  4. 4 Crisis (5:46)
  5. 5 Ebony Moonbeams (7:01)
  6. 6 Too High (6:39)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Midnight at the Oasis (5:30)
  2. 2 Put It in the Pocket (4:22)
  3. 3 Lost Dreams (12:31)
  4. 4 Liquid Love (5:48)
  5. 5 Yesterday's Thoughts (3:40)
  6. 6 Kuntu (13:22)
  7. 7 Dream Weaver (5:27)
  8. 8 Feelings (5:56)
  9. 9 Rock Me Arms (5:51)
  10. 10 Touch Me Baby (7:05)
  11. 11 Neo Terra (5:03)
  12. 12 Windjammer (5:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Freddie Hubbard Primary Artist, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Vocals
Patti Austin Vocals
Gwen Guthrie Vocals
Phil Bodner Alto Flute
George Cables Electric Piano, Clavinet, fender rhodes
Pete Christlieb Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Junior Cook Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Jon Faddis Trumpet
Bob James Piano, Conductor, ARP, fender rhodes
Steve Khan Guitar
Hubert Laws Flute, Soloist
Lew Soloff Trumpet
Marvin Stamm Trumpet
Ray Mantilla Percussion
Ralph MacDonald Percussion
Henry Franklin Acoustic Bass
David Nadien Violin
Wayne Andre Trombone
Kent Brinkley Bass
Alfred Brown Viola
Vivian Cherry Vocals
Buck Clarke Conga, cowbell
Harry Cykman Violin
Max Ellen Violin
Jerry Friedman Guitar
Steve Gadd Drums
Eric Gale Guitar
Paul Gershman Violin
Bernie Glow Trumpet
Emanuel Green Violin
Maurice Green Vocals
Harry Lookofsky Violin
Gary King Bass
Jesse Levy Cello
Charles Libove Violin
George Marge Alto Flute, Oboe
Harvey Mason Sr. Drums
Charles McCracken Cello
Andy Newmark Drums
Dale Oehler Conductor
Ray Parker Jr. Guitar
Ralph Penland Drums
Max Pollikoff Violin
Matthew Raimondi Violin
Alan Raph Bass Trombone
Richie Resnicoff Guitar
Richard Sortomme Violin
Ian Underwood Moog Synthesizer
Ernie Watts Flute, Bass Flute, Soprano Saxophone
Johnny "Guitar" Watson Guitar
Dick Hyde Trombone
Wally Kane Flute, Bassoon
Emanuel Vardi Viola
Mayuto Correa Percussion
Carl Burnett Drums
Carl Randall Jr. Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Frank Floyd Vocals
Chris Parker Drums
Dave Taylor Bass Trombone
Mike Levy Vocals
Zach Sanders Vocals
Dave Spinozza Guitar
Kenneth "Spider Webb" Rice Drums
Mike Brecker Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Al Hall Jr. Trombone
Technical Credits
George Cables Arranger, String Ensemble
Bob James Arranger, Producer
Gables Composer
John Haeny Engineer
Freddie Hubbard Arranger, Composer, Producer
Joe Jorgensen Engineer
Dale Oehler Arranger
Paul Rothchild Producer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Anne Garner Cover Design
Lou Beach Illustrations
Ron Coro Art Direction, Cover Design
John Brogna Cover Design
Charles Waring Liner Notes
Andrew Thompson Remastering
Stanley Tonkel Engineer
Mike Levy Producer
Gabby Garcia Engineer
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