Monday, December 29, 2008

Homage Au Hubbard

Rest In Power: Frederick Dewayne Hubbard, trumpeter extraordinaire.

Known for his A Tribe Called Quest sampled tune "Red Clay," with a career dating back to the '50s, and hailed as one of jazz music's best and most influential trumpeters, few could match what writer Nat Hentoff called Hubbard's "soft expansions."

From AP's obit:
Freddie Hubbard, the Grammy-winning jazz musician whose blazing virtuosity influenced a generation of trumpet players and who collaborated with such greats as Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins, died Monday, a month after suffering a heart attack. He was 70.

Hubbard died at Sherman Oaks Hospital, said his manager, fellow trumpeter David Weiss of the New Jazz Composers Octet. He had been hospitalized since suffering the heart attack a day before Thanksgiving.

A towering figure in jazz circles, Hubbard played on hundreds of recordings in a career dating to 1958, the year he arrived in New York from his hometown Indianapolis, where he had studied at the Arthur Jordan Conservatory of Music and with the Indianapolis Symphony. (credit: John Rogers)

Freddie Hubbard "Arietis" MP3

Freddie Hubbard "Bolivia"