Open Sesame (Freddie Hubbard album)

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Open Sesame
Open Sesame (Freddie Hubbard album).jpg
Studio album by
Released1960 (1960)
RecordedJune 19, 1960
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
53:27 (CD reissue)
LabelBlue Note
ProducerAlfred Lion
Freddie Hubbard chronology
Open Sesame
Goin' Up
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic [1]
Penguin Guide to Jazz

Open Sesame is the debut album by then 22 years old trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, recorded on June 19, 1960 by Rudy Van Gelder at his studio in Englewood Cliffs, NJ and released on the Blue Note label in 1960 in mono as BLP 4040 and in stereo as BST 84040. It features performances by Hubbard, Tina Brooks, McCoy Tyner, Sam Jones and Clifford Jarvis. In 1988, Capitol Records issued it on compact disc with Michael Cuscuna as reissue producer and in 2001, they released a version remastered by Rudy Van Gelder.

The Penguin Guide to Jazz has included Open Sesame as part of a selected "Core Collection," and has summarized the album as "a great Blue Note set."[2] All Music gave it a four and a half star rating.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Open Sesame" (Tina Brooks) - 7:11
  2. "But Beautiful" (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen) - 6:26
  3. "Gypsy Blue" (Brooks) - 6:28
  4. "All or Nothing at All" (Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence) - 5:36
  5. "One Mint Julep" (Rudy Toombs) - 6:04
  6. "Hub's Nub" (Hubbard) - 6:51
  7. "Open Sesame" [alternate take] (Brooks) - 7:16 Bonus track on CD
  8. "Gypsy Blue" [alternate take] (Brooks) - 7:35 Bonus track on CD



  1. ^ Open Sesame at AllMusic
  2. ^ Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (9th ed.). New York: Penguin. pp. 731–732. ISBN 978-0-14-103401-0.