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Sky Dive (1972)
Freddie Hubbard

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Name:  Juergen Martens <dj.martens@t-online.de>
Rating:  5 / 5
Comments:  Sad news to end 2008 was that Freddie Hubbard passed away at age 70. More than enough reason to give his 1972 release "Sky Dive" another listen. This one can be seen as the epitome for the day's CTI success formula: cram the best players available (Billy Cobham, Ron Carter, Airto, Hubert Laws, George Benson, just to name a few) into Rudy van Gelder's studio, add lush Don Sebesky string and brass arrangements, include a contemporary
smash hit (here it's Nino Rota's "Godfather" theme), cut it all together with no overdubs, and there you are. The surprise here is Keith Jarrett, doing adequate, decent piano comping and can - probably - be heard playing "electric" for
the last time in his life; maybe a historic moment, who knows?. The solo spots he takes on the Rhodes clearly show that he's not at all interested in the sonic possibilities of the instrument, other than his ex-Miles companions Hancock, Corea or Zawinul - he just plays his piano solo on another instrument, and he does it well. (Btw, he always referred to electric instruments as "toys" - you can have fun with them, but never take them serious. Says it all.) All in all, "Sky Dive" is a monster achievement with killer solos that everyone should have to complement Freddie's "Red Clay" and "Straight Life".


Name:  James Garfield
Rating:  5 / 5
Comments:  I can't believe I never noticed that this album was missing from the site until just now...Povo is one of the most ass-kickin chillin-ass grooves ever!!!!!! See you on the other side Freddie, reincarnated like Ganesha with enough arms to play my Rhodes and my J-Bass at the same time....


Name:  Juergen Martens
Rating:  5 / 5
Comments:  After another listen I've been asking myself if this record belongs here at all. Jarrett's electric piano sounds so muffled and muted, it could as well be a Wurly. And if it's a Rhodes, someone should have told Keith what the pedal is good for... ,-) But enough of this here, still a must have for ANY music lover!