FREDDIE HUBBARD
                        Blue Spirits

                    Recording Date:
                         February 19, 1965   tk 1-2,6-7
                         February 26, 1965   tk 3-5

                       Freddie Hubbard   TP
                       Kiane Zawadi        EU
                       James Spaulding    AS, FT
                       Joe Henderson      TS tk 1-2,6-7
                       Harold Mabern       P  tk 1-2,6-7
                       Larry Ridley          B  tk 1-2,6-7
                       Clifford Jarvis       D  tk 1-2,6-7
                       Big Black     
                       Hank Mobley         TS  tk 3-5
                       McCoy Tyner         P   tk 3-5
                       Bob Cranshaw       B    tk 3-5
                       Pete LaRoca          D   tk 3-5


Review by Scott Yanow
This CD, Freddie Hubbard's last Blue Note release of the 1960s (with the exception of the blowing session The Night of the Cookers), adds two numbers to the original LP program and features the great trumpeter in three challenging settings ranging from a sextet to an octet. Hubbard uses such sidemen as altoist James Spaulding, tenors Joe Henderson and Hank Mobley, the euphonium of Kiane Zawadi, pianists Harold Mabern, McCoy Tyner and Herbie Hancock, bassists Larry Ridley, Bob Cranshaw and Reggie Workman, drummers Clifford Jarvis, Pete La Roca and Elvin Jones, the congas of Big Black and on one song bassoonist Hosea Taylor. The set is comprised of seven diverse Hubbard originals and, even though none of the songs caught on to become standards, the music is quite challenging and fairly memorable.

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