First Light

First Light

by Freddie Hubbard

CD(Remastered / Reissue)

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First Light

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." ]

Product Details

Release Date: 04/12/2011
Label: Masterworks
UPC: 0886978672926
catalogNumber: 786729
Rank: 36925

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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