It was like a couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine made me listen to this jazz album.
Get the point, i’m not a habitual jazz listener so i can’t say to have a “jazzist tin ear”, that’s why i was a little bit distrustful. It’s not properly an easy listening, but we’re talking about artists..this is not music for the mass at all.
Freddie Hubbard was born in Indianapolis, but his jazz career began in earnest after moving to NY in ’58. Living there, he got in touch with famous artists such as Joe Henderson, Oliver Nelson and Quincy Jones, among others. He recorded extensively for Blue Note Records: 8 albums as a bandleader, and 28 as a sideman..you understood that right..28!
Moving over from Blue Note to Atlantic Label and then to CTI Records his style became more “commercial” (don’t get the usual negative word acceptation), releasing his best-known works in 1970: Red Clay, First Light and Sky Dive.
Freddie plays with absolutely beautiful tone throughout, surrounded by stellar musicians. CTI had this stable of musicians that were a vertitable who’s who.
For instance, on the opening title track, the listener is immediately transported to a remote location at sunrise, and as the sun continues to rise with each note, the location becomes less and less remote until it becomes an entire metropolis booming with activity due to the break of day.
Sampling Mr Hubbard without loosing his great sounding is defenetely a hard work, but i think Souls Of Mischief hit the centre.
To be honest i have slept on their album for a while, but a couple of years ago i was listening to a WKCR show with Stretch and Bobbito (check Konstant Kontact on our “Remarkable Blogs section”, that’s a mandatory click) when Souls of Mischief were actually promoting their first album ’93 Till Infinity under Jive Records.. old good feelings rised again in a while.
The chemistry between all the MC’s is great. Each of them (A-Plus, Opio, Phesto & Tajai) is building off each others styles to form just amazing work.
Check “Never No More” video
This album is beats that meet all expectations, unique flow and creative lyrics.
Production is done by Hiero crew members Domino, Del, A-Plus, Casual & Jay-Biz…bassline from intro to outro is of that kind you could love!
Set the repeat on your mp3 player, cause this album is NOT today’s strictly fast forward material
Listen to “‘93 Till Infinity”
“First Light” is a great introduction and a good doorway into jazz. This recording serves both the longtime jazz fans and the new listeners as well (as me).
Listen to “First Light”
Listen to SOM live at Stretch&Bobbito Show