Friday, January 16, 2009

Goodbye Freddie Hubbard

There have been a lot of celebrity names gracing the obituary page of late, including Ricardo Montalbán, Andrew Wyeth, John Mortimer (creator of Rumpole of the Bailey), Patrick McGoohan (star of "The Prisoner"), Claude Berri (director of “Jean de Florette” and “Manon of the Springs”), actor Pat Hingle, mystery writer Donald E. Westlake, and singer/guitarist Delaney Bramlett. There were also a lot of regular folks whose lives expired recently, but I wanted to take note of one particular recent loss: jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard. He died on December 29th, 2008. The cause was complications from a heart attack that he had suffered on Nov. 26th. His debut album, Open Sesame, is an amazing introduction to this artist, with the great Tina Brooks on tenor sax and McCoy Tyner on piano. Tina Brooks also wrote two of the compositions on the album. So long Freddie.

Here is Freddie Hubbard from an appearance on the Tonight Show, performing the song "Body and Soul," which appears on his album Here to Stay.

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