Sunday, November 16, 2008

CD of the Day - "Freddie Hubbard: Super Blue"

CD of the Day
Freddie Hubbard: "Super Blue" (Columbia/Mosaic Contemporary) 1978/2007

One of Freddie Hubbard's best albums of his post-CTI days, "Super Blue" had been previously reissued on CD only in Japan, in the early 90s, and re-appeared in the USA market through an agremment between Sony BMG and Mosaic Contemporary.
Six great tracks. Four Hubbard's originals (with George Benson guesting on the bossa-flavoured "To Her Ladyship"), a beautiful Gino Vannelli ballad ("The Surest Things Can Change") and Bernard Ighner's title track, on which producer Dale Oehler overdubbed a Moog bass line.
The all-star backing group includes Kenny Barron (piano & Fender Rhodes), Ron Carter (bass), Jack DeJohnette (drums), Hubert Laws (flute) and Joe Henderson (tenor sax).
The reissue supervisor, Bob Belden, added three bonus tracks: previously unreleased takes of "Super Blue", "Take It To The Ozone" and "Theme for Kareem".

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