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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Tonight's Blue Note: Freddie Hubbard - Ready For Freddie

Freddie Hubbard (trumpet); Wayne Shorter (tenor sax); Bernard McKinney (euphonium); McCoy Tyner (piano); Art Davis (bass); Elvin Jones (drums).

In my vast collection of albums, this is the only one where I can recall the presence of a euphonium - at least not one where it takes its place as a front line instrument. McKinney, later to be known as Kiane Zawadi recorded with a host of name musicians but, probably mainly as a trombonist, I don't know. What I do know is that he gets a good sound out of the instrument - as good as a valve trombone and probably better than a French horn - and it makes me wonder why it hasn't featured more frequently in jazz circles.

As the ultimate accolade, McKinney loses nothing by comparison to Hubbard and Shorter who are in cracking form. Shorter and McKinney drop out for A Weaver of Dreams which is a shame as I'd like to have heard it played on euphonium! Nevertheless, Hubbard's rendition is probably the best version I've heard of this great ballad - even Nat Cole singing it didn't get this close to the song.

It's yet another magnificent Blue Note recorded in 1962 with McCoy Tyner also in scintillating form driven along by Jones and Davis.
Lance.

Arietis; A Weaver of Dreams; Marie Antoinette; Birdlike; Crisis; Arietis (alt. take); Marie Antoinette (alt. take).

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