Freddie Hubbard – The Body & The Soul {impulse!} “Analogue Productions”


Review by Michael G. Nastos (allmusic.com)

At age 25, Freddie Hubbard made inroads into modern jazz most trumpeters could not imagine, much less come through with. As a soloist, one of Hubbard’s crowning achievements in his early period was this recording on which he teamed with Wayne Shorter, marginally as a performer but prominent in the role of arranger/conductor for his first time ever. Utilizing a septet, 16-piece big band, and orchestra plus stings to play concise, tight tunes, Shorter provides the backdrop to employ Hubbard’s bold toned trumpet and all of its devices in a full display of his powerful melodic talents. Yeoman Reggie Workman plays bass on all selections, with drummer Louis Hayes in the seven-piece combo, and great work from Philly Joe Jones in the larger bands. Interestingly enough, the three tracks with the smaller ensemble are the most interesting, due to the presence of Eric Dolphy, Curtis Fuller, Cedar Walton, and Shorter on the front line. “Clarence’s Place” is a post-bop jewel with spiky brass accents and Dolphy’s ribald and outre alto sax solo contrasting Shorter’s relatively reserved tenor, “Dedicated to You” is a wisp of a tune, while “Body & Soul,” an atypical choice for the opening selection, is a straight read of the classic ballad with a chart that sounds larger than the small horn section, and a wavering flute via Dolphy. The big band does an unusual soul-jazz treatment of the Brazilian number “Manha de Carnaval” flavored by Robert Northern’s French horn, while “Aries” is a hard bop show stopper with two-note accents buoying Hubbard’s great lyrical lines, and goes further into hard bop with “Thermo” as the horns demand attention with the trumpeter as an afterthought. The string section, ten pieces strong, joins the big band on the film noir type Duke Ellington piece “Chocolate Shake,” the stock “I Got It Bad,” and “Skylark,” with its soft clarion intro bubbling underneath with the violins, violas, and cellos. The manner in which this recording is programmed is thoughtful in that it lends to the diversity of the project, but is seamless from track to track. Dan Morgenstern’s hefty liner notes also explain the concept behind this ambitious project, one which did not compare to any of Hubbard’s other recordings in his career. Therefore it stands alone as one of the most unique productions in his substantive discography, and a quite credible initial go-round for Shorter as an orchestrator.

Tracks:
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 A’int Good
09 – Thermo

Personnel:
Wayne Shorter – tenor sax (leader & arranger)
Freddie Hubbard – trumpet
Bob Northern, Julius Watkins – frenchorn
Cedar Walton – piano
Joe Jones – drums
Reggie Workman – bass
Melba Liston, Curtis Fuller – trombone
Jerome Richardson – baritone saxophone
Eric Dolphy – alto saxophone
etc.

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork

Miles Davis – Blue Miles {Columbia}


Review Review from cduniverse.com

With an artist as prolific and constantly evolving as Miles Davis, it would be futile to attempt a single CD compilation of his work without first selecting a theme to narrow things down. For BLUE MILES Columbia/Legacy has chosen a smart if unsurprising category: Miles playing tunes which, while not necessarily following the blues form per se, all evoke a kind of restless, after-hours, melancholy mood.
In drawing material from the years 1956-1967, this collection also provides a de facto cross section of Miles’ ensembles from perhaps the most fertile decade of his incredibly productive career. “Round Midnight” features the ’50s quintet that included Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones. “Blues for Pablo” and “The Pan Piper” are collaborations with Gil Evans, and “Blue in Green” comes from the groundbreaking KIND OF BLUE album. “Drad Dog,” with Hank Mobley on tenor and Wynton Kelly on piano, and “Basin St. Blues,” with George Coleman on tenor, are from the early ’60s, while “Circle” and “Sweet Pea” bring things up to the second classic quintet era.

Tracks:
01 – ‘Round Midnight
02 – Blues for Pablo
03 – Blue in Green
04 – The Pan Piper
05 – Drad Dog
06 – Basin Street Blues
07 – Circle
08 – Sweet Pea

Personnel:
Miles Davis – trumpet, with John Coltrane, Philly Joe Jones, Wayne Shorter,
Herbie Hancock and Tony Williams.

Recorded between 1956 to 1967, compilation CD.

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork