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Freddie Hubbard’s ‘Hub-Tones’ was recorded on 10th October 1962. It is a solid set and his own compositions are particularly strong. Clifford Jarvis (drums) and Reggie Workman (bass) join Herbie Hancock in the rhythm section. Flautist and alto sax man James Spaulding completes the quintet. The album reflects the transition in the sound that characterizes Blue Note Hard Bop core and the emerging 60’s Jazz that the famous Miles Davis Quintet expounded. Hancock’s inventive playing being the common denominator. Standout is the title song on which Freddie plays hard flows freely. Spaulding and Herbie pick up the theme. ‘Prophet Jennings’ is a subdued almost Eastern flavoured quaint piece. The album opens with the show tune, a warm and charming take on ‘You’re My Everything’. ‘Lament For Booker’ is a deadpan slow tribute to fellow trumpeter Booker Little. Hubbard’s phrasing is sympathetic, empathetic and soulful. ‘For Spee’s Sake’ is about band member James Spaulding. The tune is brash and exudes bon homie. Both horn players excel over an interesting drum pattern from Jarvis.