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Listen to Hubbard's 'Red Clay'

Freddie Hubbard, an influential Grammy-winning trumpet player, died Dec. 29. Read more of Hubbard's obituary here.

Hubbard had a series of popular albums in the 1970s, including "Red Clay." Listen to this 10 minute YouTube clip of the 1970 jazz classic.

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I first heard Freddie Hubbard on the great radio station WHUR in the early 70's. Man I was hooked.

Weekend nights I'd go to the "one Step Down" lounge in DC and plunk my coins in the jukebox, selecting "Red Clay " more than once.

OSD had their jukebox speaker volume on HIGH, so when the first notes of Hubbard's great "Red Clay" sounded, most of the regulars almost jumped off their stools (LOL!!) I always made sure NOT to pick up my beer glass until that part of the music settled down.

Anyway, "Red Clay" - my FAVE -- notes reaching up to the dark dark late night sky in convoluted spirals of smoke and memory and longing and reverie, speaking secrets of the ages, up to to the constellations and back.

RIP Freddie -- your new Jazz Combo is waiting for you Up There.


Posted by: bronxace | January 7, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

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