On The Real Side CD


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Jazz Composers Octet
“On the Real Side”

1. Lifeflight (Freddie Hubbard)
2. Up Jumped Spring (Freddie Hubbard)
3. Theme For Kareem (Freddie Hubbard)
4. On the Real Side (Freddie Hubbard)
5. Take it to the Ozone (Freddie Hubbard)
6. Skydive (Freddie Hubbard)
7. Gibraltar (Freddie Hubbard)

Freddie Hubbard- Flugelhorn
David Weiss- Trumpet
Myron Walden- Alto Sax
Jimmy Greene- Tenor and Soprano Sax
Steve Davis- Trombone
Norbert Stachel- Baritone Sax and Flute (Track 7)
Xavier Davis- Piano
Dwayne Burno- Bass
E.J. Strickland- Drums
Craig Handy- Tenor Sax (Track 3 and 5) and Flute (Track 2)
Russell Malone- Guitar (Track 4)

On the Real Side (Times Square)
Here’s how one of jazz’s great trumpeters sounds at 70. Freddie Hubbard’s first recording for seven years, it indicates further recovery from the lip problems that have plagued him. The raw power of his heyday is no more but enough of his unique talent, expressed through the more mellow flugelhorn, remains to make this a significant event. It’s also a labour of love by fellow trumpeter David Weiss, who assembled the new Jazz Composers Octet to give Hubbard classics (up Jumped spring, skydive) a richly voiced update. Saxman Myron Walden is among the all-star cast.
JACK MASSARIK Evening Standard