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🎷 AotW: CTI Freddie Hubbard: First Light (CTI Records CTI 6013 / CTI 8017)

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1673479721852.pngFreddie Hubbard: First Light

CTI Records CTI 6013
Released 1971
(pictured top left)

Reissued as CTI 8017 in 1982
(pictured middle left)

  • A1: First Light /11:00
  • A2: Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey /8:12
  • B1: Moment To Moment /5:40
  • B2: Yesterday's Dreams /3:55
  • B3: Lonely Town /6:55
Arranged By – Don Sebesky
Bass – Ron Carter
Bassoon – Jane Taylor
Cello – Charles McCracken, George Ricci
Design [Album] – Bob Ciano
Drums – Jack DeJohnette
Engineer, Mastered By – Rudy Van Gelder
Flute – Hubert Laws
Flute, Bassoon – Wally Kane
Flute, Clarinet – George Marge
Flute, Oboe, English Horn, Clarinet – Romeo Penque
French Horn – James Buffington, Ray Alonge
Guitar – George Benson
Harp – Margaret Ross
Percussion – Airto Moreira
Photography By [Cover] – Pete Turner
Photography By [Liner] – Dean Brown
Piano – Richard Wyands
Producer – Creed Taylor
Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Freddie Hubbard
Vibraphone – Phil Kraus
Viola – Alfred Brown, Emanuel Vardi
Violin – David Nadien, Emanuel Green, Gene Orloff, Harold Kohon, Irving Spice, Joe Malin, Matthew Raimondi, Paul Gershman, Tosha Samaroff

1673480375972.pngRecorded at Van Gelder Studios, September 1971

Amazon product ASIN B001KSN50S

Purists probably scoffed at this one, but I like it quite a bit, more so than his other fine CTI albums. This album finds Freddie Hubbard finally joining the 1970s and updating his sound beyond the hard bop he was known for elsewhere--this one fits more into the Creed Taylor mold, yet still hangs onto Hubbard's originality. The sound on recent remasterings (vinyl and high-res) clears up a little of the Van Gelder "mud" that plagued earlier versions. Three of the songs on the record are covers, including the then-recent "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" by the McCartneys. One of my favorites albums in the CTI catalog!
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