The complete LP 'Open Sesame', Freddie Hubbards first album as a leader. Recorded in a quintet format, it features the talented Tina Brooks on tenor sax (who wouldnt record again after March 1961), and McCoy Tyner on piano (who would have his first gig with John Coltrane that same month).
As a bonus, we have added a complete session recorded by Hubbard shortly after our main album, which marks his only existing encounter with tenor saxophonist Walter Benton (it belongs to Bentons LP Out of This World). It is also noteworthy for featuring the celebrated Miles Davis rhythm section of Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb.
01. Open Sesame 7:10
02. But Beautiful 6:25
03. Gypsy Blue 6:26
04. All Or Nothing At All 5:34
05. One Mint Julep 6:02
06. Hubs Nub 6:53
07. Open Sesame (Alt. take) 7:16
08. Gypsy Blue (Alt. take) 6:40
09. Out Of This World 5:42*
10. Walters Altar 8:23*
11. A Blues Mood 7:30*
12. Azil 4:31*
Total time: 78:37 min.
Tracks #1-6, from the album
"Open Sesame" (Blue Note BLP4040)
Tracks #7 & 8 were not on the original album
Tracks #9-12, are bonus tracks taken from
"Walter Benton -Out of this World"
Personnel on tracks #1-8:
Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Tina Brooks (tenor sax), McCoy Tyner (piano), Sam Jones (bass), and Clifford Jarvis (drums).
Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, on June 19, 1960
Personnel on tracks #9-12:
Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Walter Benton (tenor sax), Wynton Kelly (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), and Jimmy Cobb (drums).
Recorded in New York, on September 19, 1960
Blue Note session engineered by Rudy Van Gelder
Jazzland recordings produced by Orrin Keepnews
Engineered by Ray Fowler
"Freddie Hubbard's first recording as a leader, Open Sesame features the 22-year-old trumpeter in a quintet with tenor saxophonist Tina Brooks, the up-and-coming pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Sam Jones and drummer Clifford Jarvis. This set shows that even at this early stage, Hubbard had the potential to be one of the greats. On the ballad "But Beautiful" he shows maturity; other highlights include "Open Sesame," a driving "All or Nothing at All" and "One Mint Julep." It's an impressive start to what would be a very interesting career."
Scott Yanow -All Music Guide