This rare LP from 1981 documents one of Freddie Hubbard's live gigs; unfortunately, the Phoenix 10 label doesn't bother to tell exactly when and where the performances were recorded. And that isn't the only thing that is wrong with Extended; the sound quality is disappointing -- not horrible, but disappointing. However, the performances themselves are exciting. Joined by saxman Junior Cook, pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Wayne Dockery, and drummer Billy Hayes, Hubbard is inspired and passionate (if long winded) on a 16-minute "Red Clay" and an 18-minute "Freddie's Tune." In the late '70s and early '80s, Hubbard was quite erratic -- he would excel one minute and record something really dreadful the next. Some of his more commercial pop-jazz LPs from that period are hard to listen to because of their total lack of sincerity, but if you found yourself cursing something as lame as Windjammer, you didn't give up on the trumpeter because you suspected that a gem (or at least something decent) would be just around the corner. Extended is far from essential; the performances are rewarding, but the inferior sound quality makes it an LP that only a hardcore collector would want to own.
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AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson