Freddie Hubbard – Straight Life

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Straight Life is a soul/funk influenced jazz album recorded in 1970 by trumpeter Freddie Hubbard.

“Recorded between trumpeter Freddie Hubbard’s better-known classics Red Clay and First Light, Straight Life is actually arguably Hubbard’s greatest recording. Joined by an all-star group that includes tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, keyboardist Herbie Hancock, guitarist George Benson, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Jack DeJohnette, Hubbard is frequently astounding on “Straight Life” (check out that introduction) and “Mr. Clean,” constructing classic solos. The very memorable set is rounded off by the trumpeter’s duet with Benson on a lyrical version of the ballad “Here’s That Rainy Day.”” – Scott Yanow/AllMusic.

Track listing:
“Straight Life” (Freddie Hubbard) – 17:30
“Mr. Clean” (Weldon Irvine) – 13:37
“Here’s That Rainy Day” (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke) – 5:17

Freddie Hubbard – trumpet, flugelhorn
Joe Henderson – tenor saxophone
Herbie Hancock – electric piano
George Benson – guitar
Ron Carter – double bass
Jack DeJohnette – drums
Richard Landrum – drums, percussion
Weldon Irvine – tambourine


Released: January 1971
Recorded: November 16, 1970
Studio: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Genre Post-bop, soul jazz, jazz fusion, jazz-funk
Length: 36:24
Label: CTI
CTI 6007
Producer: Creed Taylor