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FREDDIE HUBBARD: One of a Kind


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  • Actors: Freddie Hubbard, Billy Childs, Stephen Houghton, Buck Clark, Larry Klein
  • Directors: Dennis F. Stephens
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Arkadia DVD
  • DVD Release Date: January 20, 2009
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001J697AS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,449 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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2 PROGRAMS OF THE ACCLAIMED AL LIB SERIES ON 1 DVD

Trumpet player & Jazz icon Freddie Hubbard is immortalized in this timeless, historic DVD. Freddie Hubbard, known throughout his career as a passionate yet bold and ferocious trumpeter, constantly adapted his playing style with a seemingly effortless poise, creating an individual style replete with a powerful grace.

As Seen on TV and hosted by renowned pianist Phil Moore, this special Ad Lib Series DVD captures one of the 20th Century's greatest Jazzmen. The episodes also feature pianist Billy Childs, and a rhythm section of drummer Stephen Houghton, percussionist Buck Clark, and bassist Larry Klein.

The Ad Lib Series, now available on DVD for the first time, is a collection of 46 concert TV programs presenting the best Jazz, Pop and Blues artists showcasing their skills with a Jazz flair. Seen on TV internationally, Ad Lib (filmed in 1980) was the first musical television series recorded in Stereo. Each DVD features 2 episodes of the acclaimed Ad Lib Series.

Recently deceased, he will always be remembered as a powerful, hard playing purveyor of Bebop and Hard-Bop. Hubbard is also famous for performing on some of the most influential albums of the post Bop era. Hubbard played the mellophone and trumpet working under local legends Wes and Monk Montgomery, before moving to New York and becoming immersed with some of the city's finest Jazz musicians, including Philly Joe Jones, Sonny Rollins, Slide Hampton, Eric Dolphy, J. J. Johnson, and Quincy Jones. His recording Ready For Freddie solidified him as one of the most innovative and underrated Jazz trumpet players alive, and it's follow-up, the critically acclaimed album First Light, not only won him his first Grammy Award, cementing not only his jazz status but also his mainstream appeal. A true Jazz original, Freddie Hubbard created a distinguished legacy with his individual sound that combined technical refinement with unparalleled force, and impressed everyone lucky enough to witness the trumpet icon blow his horn.

Song Selection:
Episode #40:
1. UK 40
2. One of a Kind
3. First Light
4. There Is No Greater Love

Episode #41:
1. Love Connection
2. Interview
3. One of Another Kind
4. UK 41

Musicians Include:
Freddie Hubbard: Trumpet
Billy Childs: Piano
Stephen Houghton: Drums
Buck Clark: Percussion
Larry Klein: Bass

DVD BONUS FEATURES:
Freddie Hubbard Biography
Ad Lib Highlights Reel (16 min.)
Digitally Mastered Audio & Video
Dolby Stereo Audio
Instant Access Songs
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Review

He wasn't only the hardest-working trumpeter in show business, he was also the best, with a gleaming, quicksilver sound that combined the brass of Louis Armstrong with the bebop power of Clifford Brown and the melodic grace of Miles Davis. --San Francisco Chronicle

A barnstorming trumpet player… triumphantly volatile --John Pareles, New York Times

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 14, 2009
Originally filmed in 1980, the Ad Lib series presents concert television programs of the best jazz, pop, and blues music artists of the modern day. It also holds the distinction of being the first music television series recorded in stereo. A new DVD presents two episodes of this historic series with digitally mastered audio and video, and makes an excellent addition to DVD libraries that celebrate great performers. "Freddie Hubbard: One of a Kind" showcases renowned trumpet player Freddie Hubbard, playing songs such as "One of a Kind", "First Light", "There Is No Greater Love", and more. Bonus features include biographies, and an ad lib highlights reel. Highly recommended especially for jazz enthusiasts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R.R. on March 21, 2011
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So the big deal is that this archival footage from 1980. The "Ad Lib" jazz show. They say on the package that this was the "first musical television show recorded in Stereo". Well, that is half true. This DVD is comprised of two shows from the Ad Lib series - Show #40 and Show #41. Only #40 is in stereo. #41 is a (bad) mono mix. So while the band is swingin', and the tunes are good, and Freddie is Freddie, the sound just ain't that good on the stereo version and plain stinks on the mono one. So, unless you are die hard gotta have it Freddie fan, I'd say pass on this disc. A very cursory "interview" is also included where Freddie introduces his band. Bonus features are a terribly produced "bio" of Freddie which is comprised of VERY slow liner notes rising up the screen a la credits, and advertisements for other discs in the series. How much did I pay for this?!? I think it's going back to Amazon....
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-video quality: average
-sound quality: average
-personnel: freddie hubbard (t), billy childs (p), stephen houghton (d), buck clark (percussion), larry klein (b)
-uk 40 is bird like, a blues freddie wrote when he first went to nyc (the name is quite puzzling);
-uk 41 is unknown but is familiar; perhaps there were copyright problem
- group is not like the bird like with ron carter, mccoy tyner, elvin jones: one of freddie's greatest solos
it interesting to note how freddie has the unorthodox dizzy cheeks (puffed out) that he didn't have when younger
-this music is always better in person, but recordings are the only source left
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