dimanche 11 avril 2010

Freddie Hubbard - Straight Life (CTI - 1970)

Jazz can sometimes be a little impressive: with its 17:27 minutes length, Straight Life title song seems a bit scary and, being absolutely not a jazz specialist, I was expecting to hear musicians masturbating their instrument during endless solos, even if those musicians are Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Joe Henderson on Saxophone, George Benson on guitar, Herbie Hancock on piano or even Ron Carter on bass. No killing jazz funk breaks ready to sample here but a real, dynamic and demanding maestria taking the songs in every possible direction without losing its edge, letting you breathless and hypnotized. The second track, Mr. Clean, will clean your ears from all the autotuned shit the same way. The last track, Here's A Rainy Day, makes you want to spend it with a lovely lady on a leopard skin in front a fireplace. Jazz heads call Straight Life a masterpiece. You won't easily get into it but when it grabs you, you just don't come back.

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