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Red Clay (1970)
Freddie Hubbard

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User Rating: 5 / 5 [ Add Your Rating ]

Name:  Herbiefied <>
Rating:  5 / 5
Comments:  No joke. The title track is worth the price of the album.
Freddie's strongest effort to date. All of the tracks are SOLID!
The song "Red Clay" ranks with "Chameleon" as one of the most important uses of the Rhodes piano in Jazz Jazz/Funk.
And ya know who's funky hands those are? That's right, it's Herbie himself. Again he provides a masterful solo (title track) for us to look back on in awe.
Front to back this is hot sh*t.

Name:  Andreas
Rating:  5 / 5
Comments:  The album per se is one of the greatest I know. However, the digital reissue even features a live recording of RED CLAY from the CTI Summer Jazz 1971 w/ Johnny "Hammond" Smith playing Rhodes, Stanley Turrentine, Ron Carter, Billy Cobham, Airto Moreira and George Benson - and all are playing like madmen.
BTW: It's fun to compare Johnny Hammond's style on the Rhodes w/ Herbie's. I claim you clearly hear that Johnny's been more an organist: Such an incredibly light touch on the Rhodes...amazing :)

And now go on and buy it!

Name:  James Garfield <>
Rating:  5 / 5
Comments:  Herbiefied said it all. Red Clay is one of my Top 5 favorite Rhodes tracks of all time, and it's one of the first tunes I ever played on the Fender Rhodes Mark I that I found buried in the tuba closet at my high school 20 years ago. As I said in my review of Straight Life, both albums should be considered a 2-disc set. These collaborations are the root of fusion.

Name:  Loucas
Rating:  5 / 5
Comments:  I agree with all comments . Very nice early Rhodes sound , probably a silver top model .

Name:  Juergen Martens <>
Rating:  5 / 5
Comments:  Two interesting aspects about this true classic. First, the Hammond/Rhodes thing. As good as you can hear that the player on the live recording isn't a piano man, vice versa you also become aware that Hancock doesn't feel all too comfortable on Jimmy Smith territory. Actually, I think his organ playing on "Delphia" sounds more like they've brought in a cruiseship matinee entertainer...;-) There IS a reason why there are so few musicians out there who master (electric) piano AND Hammond on the same level of excellence - the instruments are simply worlds apart (btw, same goes for electric versus double bass players). The other thing is the drumming. Lenny White still was a rookie back then, and I find his playing a bit unfocused and muddly sometimes. Compare this to the massive kick in th a.. Billy cobham gives the soloists on the live version, and you'll know what I mean.

Name:  John
Rating:  5 / 5
Comments:  Another awesome album and great title tune... Had to buy a few other CTI artist's albums.

Name:  William Hutchison
Rating:  5 / 5
Comments:  This is a stunning album. Herbie Hancock really smokes on that Rhodes but he should have laid off the Hammond organ on 'Delphia'. Someone must have coaxed him into playing it. As for the bonus tracks, i can take it or leave it. I can understand why 'Cold Turkey' was left on the cutting room floor initially. The crew really tried their best to make the most of what was a piss poor melody from John Lennon.