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Freddie Hubbard, RIP

Freddie Hubbard, jazz trumpeter, dies at 70

Freddie Hubbard, widely regarded as the most gifted jazz trumpeter of the post-bebop ’60s and ’70s, died Monday at Sherman Oaks Hospital in Los Angeles. He was 70.

The cause of death was attributed to complications from a heart attack he suffered Nov. 26, according to Dave Weiss, his longtime manager.

From the beginning, Hubbard’s playing was characterized by its strength and assurance, its capacity to roam confidently across the trumpet’s entire range, and his gift for spontaneous melodic invention.</em>

For the last year or so I’ve been subscribed to a Blue Note Records reissue series of early titles pressed on 45 RPM LPs, and one of the recent shipments included this one:

“bst84135_hubbardtostay”

Gonna spin it again soon. Such a loss.


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