Down Beat (5/96, p.56) - 3 Stars - Good - "Hubbard struggles with a give-a-damn attitude and the expectation his lyrical ideas are ends in themselves....he plays as full-out as possible, and blue light glints off tarnished brass..."
BLUES FOR MILES was originally released by the Japanese label Alfa in 1992. It was first released in the U.S. in 1996.
Personnel: Freddie Hubbard (trumpet); Billy Childs (piano); Tony Dumas (bass); Ralph Penland (drums).
Engineers: Yoshimori Kaji, Noriyuki Terayama.
Recorded at Alfa Studio A, Tokyo, Japan on April 3 & 4, 1992. Includes liner notes by Neil Tesser.
Personnel: Freddie Hubbard (trumpet); Billy Childs (piano); Ralph Penland (drums).
Liner Note Author: Neil Tesser.
Recording information: Alfa Studio A, Tokyo, Japan (04/03/1992/04/04/1992).
This 1992 Alfa recording, re-released in '96 on Evidence, is the unlikely but inevitable collision of two great jazz talents. Freddie Hubbard and Miles Davis are surely two different kinds of trumpet players. Miles (who died just before this session) was a slow, cool, serpentine player, whereas Hubbard's sound is brassy and explosive-a tour de force of chops and leaping phrasing. They had their differences and, at times, each spoke unkindly of the other. Not here, however, as Hubbard veils his huge sound with Davis' trademark Harmon mute and lets us know he was always listening.
Hubbard pays his tribute along with Billy Childs (piano), Tony Dumas (bass), and Ralph Penland (drums). Their focus here is on standards such as "The Thrill is Gone" and "Autumn Leaves." Hubbard's playing is subtle and mournful throughout. But the title track, a Hubbard original, is more charged. His hot sound under the Harmon mute brings these two trumpet legends as close together as they have ever been. This is superior playing for all the right reasons.
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