Ready for Freddie is the fourth album by trumpeter Freddie Hubbard and was released on the Blue Note label in 1962 as BLP 4085 and BST 84085. In 2003, it was remastered and published on CD support. The two alternate takes didn’t appear on the original LP. It features performances by Hubbard, Bernard McKinney, Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Art Davis and Elvin Jones. The album was identified by Scott Yanow in his Allmusic essay “Hard Bop” as one of the 17 Essential Hard Bop Recordings.
AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow:
Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard really came into his own during this Blue Note session. He is matched with quite an all-star group (tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter, pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Art Davis, and drummer Elvin Jones in addition to Bernard McKinney on euphonium), introduces two of his finest compositions (“Birdlike” and “Crisis”), and is quite lyrical on his ballad feature, “Weaver of Dreams.” Hubbard’s sidemen all play up to par and this memorable session is highly recommended; it’s one of the trumpeter’s most rewarding Blue Note albums (https://goo.gl/fVH3di).
Freddie Hubbard – trumpet
Bernard McKinney – euphonium
Wayne Shorter – tenor saxophone
McCoy Tyner – piano
Art Davis – double bass
Elvin Jones – drums
Released: Mid April 1962
Recorded: August 21, 1961
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Length: 42:33 original LP
Label: Blue Note
Producer: Alfred Lion