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Freddie Hubbard, RIP Age 70

Freddie Hubbard [1]Word on the wire is that Freddie Hubbard has passed on. The LA Times blog has it this way:

Freddie Hubbard died today at Sherman Oaks Hospital [2] as a result of a heart attack suffered in late November. His name might not blow up the same marquee lights as that of the late Eartha Kitt [3], whom we lost on Christmas Day, but anyone who cultivates even a Freddie Hubbard - trumpet [4]passing interest in jazz certainly knows Hubbard’s swift, mercury-smooth trumpet sound, whether they realize it or not.

Indeed. They’ve got audio, over there, too. Check it out.

In my view, Hubbard should be required listening for anyone wanting to understand Jazz.