Freddie Hubbard

The masterful trumpeter whips his way through a burning version of “Cherokee”

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Freddie Hubbard was one of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time during his prime years (1960-1991) before a worsening lip injury largely ended his career.

This intriguing clip from 1990 features a muted Hubbard coming up with an endless flow of creative ideas during a rapid version of “Cherokee.”

Hubbard is followed by tenor-saxophonist Don Braden who does his best during a muscular solo, but bassist Jeff Chambers, who never falters despite the tempo, emerges as the co-star.

This is the first half of a lengthy performance, one of the last great Freddie Hubbard solos.


Freddie Hubbard, trumpet
Don Braden, tenor
Benny Green, piano
Jeff Chambers, bass
Carl Allen, drums

– Scott Yanow


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