Freddie Hubbard – The Body & The Soul

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1963′s The Body & The Soul finds a 25-year-old Freddie Hubbard commanding three different ensembles. The first ensemble is a stellar septet that features the sublime Eric Dolphy on alto saxophone and flute and Hubbard’s frequent collaborator, Wayne Shorter on tenor saxophone. One highlight is a gentle and memorable rendition of the classic “Body and Soul,” with Hubbard’s improvisations sliding closely around the well-loved melody. Dolphy’s ethereal flute provides a parenthetical introduction and coda. Where the septet shows Hubbard in familiar light, the larger ensembles show evidence of his young talent ready to blossom.

For the second and third ensembles, Shorter is back, serving as conductor and arranger and expanding into big-band and string arrangements. Though it would seem that such a lineup might heavily favor avant-garde experimentalism, two older standards, “Skylark,” by Hoagy Charmichael, and “I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good),” by Duke Ellington, are given reverential treatments. Hubbard’s playing is sensuous and articulate throughout. The Body & The Soul features two of the most formidable players and composers of ’60s and ’70s jazz expanding into new territory, all the while holding true to the music’s rich history.

Tracklist

01. Body and Soul
02. Carnival (Manha De Carnaval)
03. Chocolate Shake
04. Dedicated To You
05. Clarence’s Place
06. Aries
07. Skylark
08. I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good)
09. Thermo

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One Response to “Freddie Hubbard – The Body & The Soul”

  1. BHM says:

    Much thanks

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