12.30.2008

Red Clay in the First Light [R.I.P. Freddie Hubbard 1938-2008]



Last night at around 12 I find out from my main man Dash that the legendary jazz musician Freddie D. Hubbard passed away due to complications from a prior heart attack in November.
The news hit me like a Mack truck cuz I was JUST about to find my one + only Freddie Hubbard album so I can get some ideas from his incredible energy.
I think I was about 17 when I got into Freddie, but of course it was Tribe's sample of Red Clay



for 'Sucka Nigga' from their Midnight Maruders album that put me on with out even knowing I was on.
His trumpet playing + compositions as a bandleader were just dope to me.
It's almost like he danced on the the fine lines between funk, jamming + jazz, made a big burrito out of it for all of us to share.
Since I'm not a Jazz historian, I can't give you explicit detail of the man's work.
What I can tell you is that First Light made me stand still the entire time when I first heard it.


Now don't get me STARTED on Sky Dive!!!



Straight up, Freddie Hubbard was a double O.G.; an original genius + an original gangster.
No cloning here folks.
R.I.P. Freddie.
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