Personnel: Freddie Hubbard (trumpet); Joe Henderson, Stanley Turrentine (alto saxophone); Herbie Hancock (piano); Johnny Hammond (electric piano, organ); George Benson (guitar); Ron Carter (bass); Lenny White, Billy Cobham (drums); Airto Moreira (percussion).
Producer: Creed Taylor.
Reissue producer: Didier C. Deutsch.
Recorded at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey; Southgate Palace, Los Angeles, California between January 27, 1970 and July 19, 1971. Includes liner notes by James Isaacs.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Freddie Hubbard (trumpet).
Recording information: Van Gelder Studios (01/27/1970-01/29/1970).
RED CLAY is easily one of trumpeter Freddie Hubbard's finest albums. Falling cleanly between the straight-ahead hard bop of his mid-1960s releases and his more accessible '70s ventures, this is an irresistible mix of electric and acoustic jazz, elevated by dazzling technical proficiency and funk-infused rhythms. Hubbard displays his trademark compositional skill here, with memorable melodies, open and often shifting tempos, and attention to tonal color and atmosphere.
RED CLAY also boasts spectacular personnel: Joe Henderson on tenor sax, Herbie Hancock on electric piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Lenny White on drums. Every musician here is marvelously adept at playing both inside and outside, and each proves his mettle as a sensitive group player and a soloist (particularly Henderson and Hancock). White and Carter's rapport pushes the group toward quicksilver bop tempos ("The Intrepid Fox") and in-the-cut grooves (the title track). The reissue contains an incendiary version of "Red Clay" with a different lineup, including guitarist George Benson and percussionist Airto Moreira.