I love Red Clay; I think it's the album he'll always be known for. I also love his freshman outings in the early 1960s. His recording of Jimmy Van Heusen's 'But Beautiful' on the 'Open Sesame' album is purely haunting.
The fact that there is such a hierarchy in jazz is so beyond me. Yes, Miles and Coltrane are geniuses but the fact that you absolutely have to mention them and compare everyone to them because they are supposed to be the greatest thing in jazz annoys me a lot. Yes, Miles obviously explored much more styles than Hubbard but does that mean that is he automatically better at what he does? Is hard bop Miles better than Freddie? Milestones better than Backlash simply because it is Miles Davis? I don't think so, all of this is very subjective. Hubbard is as legitimate as Miles making this kind of music. Period.
first time i heard freddie playing was in Mayden Voyage and i was like "WOW, i gotta know who's that guy!". A year latter i'm listening to Open Sesame and i'm just amazed. He should receive more credit for his contributions to jazz. (sorry for my english)
Freddie Hubbard is all the Trumpeter, I ever wanted to be,... for the Trumpet, was one of my first Loves-of-Music,...(Studied Conservatory-Music in Grade-School, i.e.:John Hancock Elementary School, San Francisco, CA.), Freddie Hubbard, Hugh Masakela, Miles Davis, Herb Albert, and Manard Furgeson, and later to add-on,... Lee Morgan & Clifford Brown, Sr. to the list; (Studied them later in College),...I transfered my trumpet knowledge to the keyboards & Strings, e.g.,(Piano & Guitar) after lost of Embouchure , due to facial trauma, from an accident, (Chipped-Tooth, Swollen, Busted-Lip).
fans of bitches brew should check out freddie hubbard's song called "spacetrack". it can be found on the 1969 album "the black angel". i only the knew two extremes of of hubbard's music - the blue note stuff and the creed taylor stuff. i never heard the transition in between those 2 . it's obviously trying to capitalize on the jazz/rock sound, but no harm - no foul.
heck, even the difference between "black angel" and "red clay" is extremely drastic.