Liquid Love

Freddie Hubbard

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Liquid Love Review

by Scott Yanow

Imagine hearing trumpeter Freddie Hubbard sing! Truth be told he only joins in on the group vocal of "Put It in the Pocket" but that is about the only historic aspect to this wasteful release. While Hubbard's CTI recordings had perfectly balanced both the artistic and the commercial, much of his Columbia output sounds as if it was recorded strictly for the money. None of the six selections heard on this LP stayed in Hubbard's repertoire long (when was the last time that he performed "Midnight at the Oasis" and "Liquid Love"?) and the funky rhythms do little to uplift the music. George Cables, who plays keyboards on this album and was responsible for some of the arrangements has his name misspelled "Gables" on the album jacket; was he trying to hide his identity?

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