R.I.P. Freddie Hubbard
We have lost another jazz great.
In the 70 years that he was with us, Freddie Hubbard, who died on Dec. 29, was known primarily for one thing: playing the trumpet harder, faster and with more pure chops than virtually anyone else who ever picked up the horn. Hubbard was regaled as the most prolific, the most prodigious, the most celebrated, and probably the longest-lasting trumpet king of what came to be known as the hard bop era, performing a style of jazz that has exerted a disproportionately large influence on the young jazzmen of the Marsalis generation and beyond.
JazzSign/Lebrecht Music & ArtsYet over the course of his productive career, the iron-lipped Mr. Hubbard did a great many things brilliantly: He was working with avant-garde musicians (John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy) almost from the beginning, and later made a pile for himself in the burgeoning field of jazz-rock fusion; he could play ballads with exquisite, heart-breaking tenderness; as a composer, he had an extraordinary track record of tunes that were widely played (and even sung) by other musicians. He did a lot of things but still remained known for playing hard-bop or soul-jazz style trumpet better than almost anybody.