In the pantheon of jazz trumpeters, Freddie Hubbard stands as one of the boldest and most inventive artists of the bop, hard-bop and post-bop eras. Although influenced by titans like Miles Davis and Clifford Brown, Hubbard ultimately forged his own unique sound – a careful balance of bravado and subtlety that fueled more than fifty solo recordings and countless collaborations with some of the most prominent jazz artists of his era. Shortly after his death at the end of 2008, Down Beat called him “the most powerful and prolific trumpeter in jazz.” Embedded in his massive body of recorded work is a legacy that will continue to influence trumpeters and other jazz artists for generations to come.
“Freddie was one of the last of the outstanding trumpet players that came on the scene in the 60′s…He could play anything! He was a stylized player – a very individual player in the category among greats like Louie, Diz, and Roy. He was one of the finest trumpeters who came down the pike. He will always be remembered, not only by fellow trumpeters, but everybody who heard him.”
“There have been only a minuscule few who have unquestionably demonstrated why they are a true king of the trumpet instrument no matter the idiom or milieu. Frederick (Freddie) Dwayne Hubbard was and always will be one of these rare true kings, forever.”
“Freddie Hubbard was, I believe, the greatest jazz trumpet stylists of my generation. His influence is still being felt in the sound of many young trumpeters today. His warm tone and formidable technique will be considered marvels well into the future.”
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