First Light (Freddie Hubbard album)

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First Light
First Light (Freddie Hubbard album).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 12, 1971[1]
RecordedSeptember 14–16, 1971
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
GenreJazz-funk, post-bop, jazz fusion, soul jazz
Length42:55
LabelCTI
ProducerCreed Taylor
Freddie Hubbard chronology
Straight Life
(1971)
First Light
(1971)
Sky Dive
(1972)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide[3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings[4]

First Light is an album by jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard. Recorded in 1971, it features string arrangements by Don Sebesky. It was his third album released on Creed Taylor's CTI label and features performances by Hubbard, Herbie Hancock, Eric Gale, George Benson, Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette, Airto Moreira and Richard Wyands. The album is part of a loose trilogy including his two previous records at the time, Red Clay and Straight Life. First Light won a 1972 Grammy Award for "Best Jazz Performance by a Group"

Reception[edit]

A reviewer for Dusty Groove said "Sweet early CTI work from trumpeter Freddie Hubbard – the kind of groundbreaking electric jazz that really helped him find a new space in the 70s! The album follows strongly from Freddie's classic Red Clay set for CTI – and like that one, it features extended tracks that build beautifully as they roll on – taking Freddie's airy trumpet as the base, and layering in electric piano, flute, guitar, and percussion – plus some wonderfully subtle strings – used sparely, but in just the right way to underscore the wider vision of the record".[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "First Light" - 11:05 (Hubbard)
  2. "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" (P. McCartney, L. McCartney) - 8:17
  3. "Moment to Moment" (Mancini, Mercer) - 5:43
  4. "Yesterday's Dreams" (Martin, Sebesky) - 3:55
  5. "Lonely Town" [from On the Town] (Bernstein, Comden, Green) - 7:00
  6. "Fantasy in D" (Walton) - 6:55
  7. "First Light - live Detroit 4th March 1973" - 16:04 (Hubbard) Bonus track on CD

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ CTI disco
  2. ^ Jurek, Thom. First Light at AllMusic
  3. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 106. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  4. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 734. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  5. ^ "Freddie Hubbard: First Light". Dusty Groove. Retrieved 16 December 2019.

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