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Without A Song: Live In Europe 1969
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Blue Note recorded several concerts of the 1969 all-star Jazz Wave tour. Freddie's Body and Soul was on the ensuing double-LP, but all other performances here are unissued! Freddie called this "some of my finest playing ever captured on tape": Body and Soul; Blues by Five; A Night in Tunisia; Without a Song; Space Track , and more.
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All I can say is, keep 'em coming. In 69', Hubb was brimming with confidence, ideas and youth, but the mostly standards program keeps things in the Milky Way, if not completely grounded on terra firma. The sonics are outstanding with the exception of some drop outs toward the end of Body and Soul. Hubb's tone has never sounded so strong, he was clearly a force of nature.
What I will say is that this session, culled from some earlier European cuts, is a bit disappointing. This is due to the weak and tentative playing of Sir Roland Hannah on piano. In a quartet setting that combines a super strong rhythm section (Louis Hayes and Ron Carter) with the powerful horn work of Hubbard, equally strong piano support is definitely required to balance things out. That's not the case here. The piano is barely "there." Perhaps it's not the best recording in the world, but more virile piano work is needed to even out the other three players. Hanna's piano solos seem out of sync with the rest of the band. Hanna is not a well-known recording artist, but I know he can play his ass off. I've heard him in mind-blowing solos with older Mingus bands. But if you buy this CD do it for the fabulous work of Hubbard, Haynes, and Carter and just put up with the lackluster piano support. I write this review after numerous listening sessions.
the tunes were selected such that
every member in the quartet had the opportunity to "shine".
the digital remaster added great quality to the original recording as you can hear the acoustic much better, more defined.
btw, there is no electronic element involved.
this is acoustic jazz at its best.