Tuesday, December 30, 2008
I've always said that the best trumpet playing I've ever heard was by Freddie Hubbard on an album called Ready for Freddie. I'm not a really big fan of some of the music he did later on in his career but he was 23 when he recorded Ready for Freddie and that album is amazing. He also played on Wayne Shorter's Speak No Evil, Oliver Nelson's Blues and the Abstract Truth, and albums by John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, Ornette Coleman, and Art Blakey. Those are some of my favorite albums from that time period and while I'll never come close to being the kind of trumpet player he was, he was a huge influence on me. RIP.