Throwback: Freddie Hubbard-Little Sunflower



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Freddie Hubbard first recorded the self-penned “Little Sunflower” for his 1967 album, Backlash. The version he recorded for his 1979 album, The Love Connection, stands out because of the string arrangements added by famous arranger Claus Ogerman and vocals from jazz singer Al Jarreau. Ogerman’s reconfiguration of the song took out the small jazz club feeling of the original version and made the new version feel like a magic carpet ride lead by Hubbard’s buoyant tone. J.Dilla used the intro for A Tribe Called Quest’s “The Love” and French house producer Pepe Bradock sampled it for his “Deep Burnt. Freddie Hubbard passed in 2008 after a 5-decade career as one of the leading trumpet players of his generation and over 100 recordings as a leader and sideman with Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock and many others.