Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Box Set CD of the Month - "Freddie Hubbard: Keep Your Soul Together/Polar AC/Skagly"
Freddie Hubbard: "Keep Your Soul Together/Polar AC/Skagly" (CTI/Columbia/BGO) 2014
This Beat Goes On release (catalog #1144, released April 2014 in the UK and May 2014 in the USA) features 3 entire LPs by my personal favorite trumpeter.
Remastered by Andrew Thompson @ Sound Performance (London, UK)
Liner notes by Mojo columnist Charles Waring.
Tracks 1 to 4 are the album "Keep Your Soul Together" – released 1973 on CTI Records as CTI 6036
Tracks 5 to 9 are the album "Polar AC" – released November 1975 on CTI Records as CTI 6056
Disc 2 (41:24 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 5 are the album "Skagly" – released 1980 on Columbia Records as FC 36418
A trio of 70's Freddie Hubbard – all packaged together in a 2-CD set by the UK label BGO (Beat Goes Public). First up is "Keep Your Soul Together" – Freddie at the peak of his 70's powers – and his fifth & last "official" CTI album, recorded in October 1973 after the ground-breaking "Red Clay," the wild "Straight Life," the Grammy-winning "First Light" and the elegant "Sky Dive." The record follows strongly in the mood that Freddie set under Creed Taylor's guidance, but with some differences: no strings, no brass section, and, last but not least, Hubbard was finally allowed to use his touring band, which consisted of George Cables (Fender Rhodes), Kent Brinkley (bass), the late Ralph Penland (drums), Juno Lewis (percussion), Aurell Ray (electric guitar) and Junior Cook (tenor sax) on four long, drawn out tracks done with lots of electricity in the rhythms, and a very cosmic approach to the solos, with Ron Carter overdubbing on a couple of tunes. The groove is funky, yet easy, featuring playing that's very open and very soulful. Titles include "Keep Your Soul Together", the hard-bop gem "Spirits Of Trane", "Destiny's Children", and the haunting ballad "Brigitte," dedicated to Freddie's wife and later re-recorded on "The Love Connection" with a lush Claus Ogerman score.