Freddie Hubbard Talking Jazz
Trumpet giant Freddie Hubbard has lived many musical lives during the course of his long and illustrious career. As a member of the Art Blakey Jazz Messengers during the ‘60’s, he was the prototypical hard-driving hard bop young player, on fire, carrying on the tradition of Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan and Donald Byrd. In time, he made a musical breakthrough and contributed to many important avant garde recordings, such as Ornette Coleman’s “Double Quartet”, and Eric Dolphy’s “Out To Lunch”. And while he seemed to live comfortably at the cutting edge, by the early ‘70’s, he recorded a series of fusion and orchestral-style jazz sides that were clearly attempts at a commercialized, “cross-over” music, designed to further his career but which actually cost him many hard core fans. We spoke in Santa Monica, California, symbolically and geographically about as far away as we could be from the hard-bop days in New York during the ‘60’s. I was amazed at how candid he was about his long and winding trip through the jazz business, and I was taken with how relieved he clearly was to have found his way back to the jazz path.