First Light (CTI Records 40th Anniversary Edition - Original Recording Remastered)

April 12, 2011 | Format: MP3

$9.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 12, 2011
  • Release Date: April 12, 2011
  • Label: Masterworks Jazz
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  • Total Length: 58:55
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  • ASIN: B004UXXWJE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,202 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tyler Smith on April 27, 2013
Format: Audio CD
"First Light," in my view, is one of three superior recordings Freddie Hubbard made for CTI, the other two being "Red Clay" and "Straight Life." But where those two albums were straight-ahead affairs with lots of opportunities for Hubbard to show off his formidable chops, especially control in the high register, and solo space for Joe Henderson, Herbie Hancock and other top-level sidemen, "First Light" is more reflective. There is more space, color and melodicism.

That's good. But there is also plenty of orchestration by arranger Don Sebesky, string "sweetening" of the type for which CTI became notorious for some. How you feel about this album will be a matter of taste. If you feel the added production detracts from the vitality and edge of the music, the record will probably be annoying in places. If you feel that it adds atmosphere and deepens the emotion, you'll most likely love "First Light."

My feeling is that it is among a handful of albums from the period that brings off the effects successfully. That's partly because Sebesky's work is restrained and tasteful here, for the most part. The orchestration provides a suitable setting for Hubbard's very lyrical playing on moody pieces like "Yesterday's Dreams" and "Lonely Town." And the title cut provides a chance for Hubbard to stretch out and solo at a faster pace on an extended cut.

Ultimately, the album succeeds because of Hubbard's playing, which is mostly stellar. "Lonely Town," with its changing tempos and tasteful arrangement is an especially effective display of his control, as is "Fantasy in D." At times the edges are a bit too rounded for me and I'm not a big fan of the nod to jazzed-up popular music of the day ("Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey"), but overall, the album is a solid success.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Donald E. Gilliland on April 26, 2013
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THis 1971 album saw Freddie Hubbard in fine form, straddling the line between traditional jazz arrangements and more pop fare (a stirring cover of McCartney's "Admiral Halsey" on this CD). Hubbard's style ranges from smooth (but I would never call it "smooth jazz") to fiery, the notes from his trumpet soaring into the stratosphere. I really like the sound on this album, and the two bonus tracks are also very pleasing, especially the torrid 16-minute live version of the title track. No liner notes whatsoever, but this CD reissue includes the original musician credits from the original album. The usual talented CTI crew (Hubert Laws, Ron Carter, George Benson, Jack DeJohnette, and others) supporting him.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Roland Estrada on September 13, 2011
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If you know jazz, then you must have heard of Freddie Hubbard. This CD has great music well suited for rainy and sunny days, for driving and for relaxing at home. The CD, although recorded some time ago, is still very good to hear in 2011. I strongly recommend the 'Moment to Moment' cut. It is smooth and beautifully played. Well worth the buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pericles Jacobs on July 30, 2013
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An absolute classic. Freddie Hubbard so intensely talented. Beautiful execution of these songs. You can feel the emotions in each of these arrangements. The meter changes and flow of the music of the creates a visual of whatever one might connect with. Wonderful music
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. George Acker on February 16, 2013
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I had the pleasure of meeting Freddie Hubbard in 1972. He was bursting with energy and seeking more. No wonder I was struck with the compositions on this particular album, when I first heard it earlier, in 1971. Freddie recorded numerous albums. However, I believe this is his crowning achievement. It truly is a once in an epoch album. It is both abstract and concrete, these qualities, in musical compositions, are hard to find in musical presentations. I have the vinyl LP. This CD really is a compliment to my collection of CD's. The compositions transcend time and gender.
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By jared owens on July 4, 2015
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Great album. No Blue Note session - but a better than most CTI recording.
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By A. Piedra on March 8, 2015
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A must have for Jazz lovers. A masterful collection of pure gold.
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By paulette lofton on December 31, 2014
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I like Freddie Hubbard
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