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High Energy/Liquid Love/Windjammer
     

High Energy/Liquid Love/Windjammer

by Freddie Hubbard
 
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:

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/14/2012
Label:
Bgo - Beat Goes On
UPC:
5017261210241
catalogNumber:
6121024
Rank:
2093

Tracks

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   Drums
Charles McCracken   Cello
Andy Newmark   Drums
Dale Oehler   Conductor
Ray Parker   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   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   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
Stanley Tonkel   Engineer
Mike Levy   Producer
Gabby Garcia   Engineer

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