Freddie Hubbard – Polar AC (1975/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Freddie Hubbard – Polar AC (1975/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 40:26 minutes | 1,5 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Source: e-Onkyo | Front Cover | © CTI Records
Recorded: September 16, 1971 (#1), April 12, 1972 (#2-3), October 4–5, 1972 (#4), ca. 1973 (#5) at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

Warm and wonderful work from Freddie Hubbard – a killer of an album recorded for CTI, and one of his most soulful efforts for the label! The album’s got a bit more of a human heart than some of the more cosmic sessions Freddie cut at the time – a bit more contemplative and introspective, but no less open-minded and electrically charged. The assortment of players is all top-shelf – with Billy Cobham, Airto, Lennie White, George Cables, Hubert Laws, and George Benson all backing Freddie up on the set – and titles include a great take on “People Make the World Go Round”, plus “Naturally”, and “Son of Sky Dive”, which grooves just like its papa!

Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard’s sixth and final CTI studio recording has its moments although it is not on the same level as his first three. Hubbard, backed on four of the five songs by a string section arranged by either Don Sebesky or Bob James, is assisted on songs such as “People Make the World Go Round” and “Betcha By Golly, Wow” by flutist Hubert Laws and guitarist George Benson. “Son of Sky Dive” showcases his trumpet with a sextet including Laws and tenor-saxophonist Junior Cook. The music is enjoyable but not essential and this LP has yet to appear on CD. –AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

1 Polar AC 6:57
2 People Make The World Go Round 5:55
3 Betcha By Golly, Wow 8:16
4 Naturally 5:56
5 Son Of Sky Dive 13:22

Freddie Hubbard, trumpet
Junior Cook, tenor saxophone
Hubert Laws, flute
George Benson, guitar
Ron Carter, bass
Jack DeJohnette, drums (#1)
George Cables, piano (#1)
Billy Cobham, drums (#4)
Lenny White, drums (#2,5)
Airto Moreira, percussion (#2,3)
Strings (#1-3): Al Brown, Paul Gershman, Emanuel “Manny” Green, Max Ellen, Theodore Israel, Harold Kohon, Charles Libove, Harry Lookofsky, Joe Malin, Charles McCracken, David Nadien, Gene Orloff, Matthew Raimondi, George Ricci, Tony Sophos, Tosha Samaroff, Irving Spice, Manny Vardi
Woodwinds (#4): Phil Bodner, Wally Kane, George Marge, Romeo Penque
Brass (#4): Wayne Andre, Garnett Brown, Paul Faulise, Tony Price, Alan Rubin, Marvin Stamm
Don Sebesky, string arrangements (#1), brass and woodwind arrangements (#4)
Bob James, string arrangements (#2,3)