Freddie Hubbard – Minor Mishap

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This 1961 session-first released on Fontana in the late ’60s, now reissued on Black Lion-offers a look at a young Hubbard before his reputation with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers took hold and he became known as the future of jazz trumpeting. Listening to Hubbard take control from trombonist Willie Wilson in the third cut, “Blues For Alvina,” and bend the ensemble’s mood and pacing around a masterfully built improvisation shows that the future bandleader and innovator had already made the scene.

Pianist Dick Pearson’s trio comprises the steady, always-swining rhythm section heard here. Tracks six and seven, two versions of Pearson’s “Number Five,” present an interesting opportunity to hear the variations that occur among great players from take to take. Hubbard’s efforts in the second are edgier, driving the sextet toward a hotter sound more alive with nuance. Both Hubbard and baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams work Donald Byrd’s “Lex,” and the differences are subtle but significant. This is the early work of a great young trumpet player about to explode.

Personnel: Freddie Hubbard (trumpet, horns); Pepper Adams (baritone saxophone); W. Wilson, Willie Wilson (trombone); Duke Pearson (piano); Lex Humphries (drums).

Tracklist

01. Minor Mishap (Take 3)
02. Minor Mishap (Take 4)
03. Blues For Alvina (Take 3)
04. Blues For Alvina (Take 5)
05. The Nearness Of You (Take 3)
06. Number Five (Take 3)
07. Number Five (Take 5)
08. Lex (Take 2)
09. Lex (Take 4)
10. Time After Time (Take 2)
11. Apothegm (Take 6)
12. Apothegm (Take 14)

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