Freddie Hubbard – The Night Of The Cookers, Vol. 1 (1965/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 41:42 minutes | 1,74 GB | Genre: Jazz
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On The Night of the Cookers, Freddie Hubbard plays with Lee Morgan, James Spaulding, Harold Mabern, Jr., Larry Ridley, Pete LaRoca and Big Black. Recorded on April 9 & 10, 1965 and released that same year, the album has been described as “one of the most compelling documents of a live band in full flight” (Maxwell Chandler, Jazz Police).
The Night Of The Cookers, Volume 1 puts trumpeters Freddie Hubbard and Lee Morgan, two of the biggest guns of the hard-bop era, head to head throughout an extended live set. James Spaulding plays alto sax and flute, balancing out the brighter, brassier timbres of Hubbard and Morgan, and a crack rhythm section of pianist Harold Mabern, bassist Larry Ridley, drummer Pete La Roca, and conga player Big Black keeps things simmering. Each disc contains only two compositions, Clare Fischer’s “Pensativa” and Richard Carpenter’s “Walkin’” make up Disc One. Since each cut clocks in at approximately 20 minutes, there is ample solo time for each musician; the approach here is all about stretching out over solid grooves. Spaulding and Mabern turn in agile improvisations, but the spotlight is on the two trumpeters. Morgan’s playing pales a bit besides Hubbard’s on this date–understandably, as Hubbard is tirelessly playful and acrobatic. There are chops galore on this classic hard-bop document, and fans of the era (and of these musicians in particular) will find much to admire.
01 – Pensativa
02 – Walkin’
Freddie Hubbard – trumpet
Lee Morgan – trumpet
James Spaulding – alto saxophone, flute
Harold Mabern, Jr. – piano
Larry Ridley – bass
Pete LaRoca – drums
Big Black – congas