''This may be Freddie Hubbard's finest moment as
a leader, in that it embodies and utilizes all of his
strengths as a composer, soloist, and frontman. On
Red Clay, Hubbard combines hard bop's glorious
blues-out past with the soulful innovations of
mainstream jazz in the 1960s, and reads them through
the chunky groove innovations of 1970s jazz fusion.
This session places the trumpeter in the company
of giants such as tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson,
pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter, and
drummer Lenny White. Hubbard's five compositions all
come from deep inside blues territory; these shaded
notions are grafted onto funky hard bop melodies
worthy of Horace Silver's finest tunes, and are layered
inside the smoothed-over cadences of shimmering,
steaming soul. This is a classic, hands down.''
- AllMusic HHHHH out of 5)
1. ''Red Clay'' - 12:11
2. ''Delphia'' - 7:23
3. ''Suite Sioux'' - 8:38
4. ''The Intrepid Fox'' - 10:45
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