Pressed at Pallas and Mastered by Bernie Grundman!
1970 Soul-Funk Hard-Bop Album Lays Groundwork for Decade's Fusion Recordings
First Set Made for Creed Taylor's CTI Label Features Joe Henderson, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Lenny White
Breaking With Blue Note Past, Trumpeter Hubbard Unveils What's Arguably His Masterpiece
Splendid Sonics: Mastered from the Original Master Tapes
As the labels first release, Red Clay established the soul-funk template Creed Taylors CTI imprint would follow for the next decade. Joined by the likes of Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, and others, Freddie Hubbard lays down bluesy hard-bop epiphanies, turning in his most memorable work as a leader.
In addition to standing as a career-defining affair, the 1970 effort also marks Hubbard's break from his Blue Note era and signals the fusion-minded direction he and other players would further investigate in the years to come. The cover of John Lennon's "Cold Turkey" is alone worth the price of admission.
On this fabulous pressing, mastered from the original tapes with utmost care, the sonic intricacies of the knotty architecture comes to fore. The results are ravishing, each note memorable. Credit ORG Music for reaching beyond the '50s and '60s and beginning to mine the rich well of the 1970s for jazz treasures for audiophile enjoyment.
"This is a classic, hands down." - All Music, Rated 5/5 Stars
Recorded at Van Gelder Studios on January 27, 28, 29, 1970.
Mastered from original analog master tapes
Mastered by Bernie Grundman!
Pressed at Pallas
Engineered by Rudy Van Gelder & Produced by Creed Taylor
Freddie Hubbard, trumpet
Herbie Hancock, piano
Ron Carter, bass
Lenny White, drums
Joe Henderson, saxophone
1. Red Clay
3. Suite Sioux
4. The Intrepid Fox
5. Cold Turkey