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Freddie Hubbard: Above & Beyond

This 1982 live recording, captured at San Francisco’s late, lamented Keystone Korner, finds Freddie Hubbard in peak form-which makes his loss from the current scene due to health issues even harder to take. Just when he should be at the peak of his creative powers and smelling all due roses, Hubbard has been largely absent. And hearing him on this label debut disc from Metropolitan makes his absence all the more acute. When healthy and in peak form, Freddie Hubbard is one of the trumpet immortals. “Thrilling” and “peak form” are two of the things that come to mind when listening to this gem.

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