1.  Our Own (Gibraltar) (Freddie Hubbard, lyrics by Catherine Whitney)
2.  Up Jumped Spring (Freddie Hubbard, lyrics by Abbey Lincoln)
3.  Out of the Hub (One of Another Kind) (Freddie Hubbard, lyrics by Evan Pittson)
4.  Bright Sun (Lament for Booker) (Freddie Hubbard, lyrics by Suzanne & Jeff Pittson)
5.  True Visions (True Colors) (Freddie Hubbard, lyrics by Suzanne, Jeff & Evan Pittson)
6.  You’re My Everything (Harry Warren-Mort Dixon-Joe Young)
7.  We’re Having a Crisis (Crisis) (Freddie Hubbard, lyrics by Suzanne Pittson)
8.  Moment to Moment (Henry Mancini-Johnny Mercer)
9.  Lost and Found (The Melting Pot) (Freddie Hubbard, lyrics by Suzanne, Jeff & Evan Pittson)
10. Like a Byrd (Byrd Like) (Frederick Hubcap, lyrics by Suzanne Pittson)
11. Betcha By Golly, Wow!  (Thom Bell-Linda Creed)

Vocalese lyric on “Bright Sun (Lament for Booker)” is based on Freddie Hubbard’s solo from the 1962 recording Hub-Tones.
Vocalese lyric on “We’re Having a Crisis (Crisis)” is based on Freddie Hubbard’s solo from the 1962 recording Mosaic 
by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers.


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Review of

Out of the Hub: The Music of Freddie Hubbard

All About Jazz - New York / October 2010, pg. 21


by Andrew Vélez

Her voice is a high and sweet soprano. She can scat like nobody’s business. There’s some kinship with the sound of Diane Schuur but warmer. She credits John Coltrane, Carmen McRae and Sarah Vaughan as her influences, but like all genuinely innovative musicians, Suzanne Pittson’s creativity, musicianship and improvisational skills are off and away on their own, ably demonstrated in the company of her fine band.

Out of the Hub: The Music of Freddie Hubbard, Pittson’s third recording, salutes one of her musical heroes and mentors.  One cannot speak of Hubbard and his technically virtuosic trumpeting and composing without mentioning his participation in two seminal 1960 classics, Ornette Coleman’s Free Jazz and, shortly thereafter, Oliver Nelson’s Blues and the Abstract Truth.  The latter was saluted by and the title of Pittson’s first recording.

The opener, “Our Own” (based on “Gibraltar”), a Hubbard tune with Catherine Whitney lyrics, gets things off at a swinging pace. Sounding a bit like a vocalese cousin to the Annie Ross of the Lambert Hendricks and Ross days, Pittson is light and fun as trumpeter Jeremy Pelt swings behind her husband Jeff Pittson’s sharp company on piano, solid have-a-goodtime music. Another Hubbard tune is the meditative “Up Jumped Spring”, with characteristically beautiful lyrics by the late Abbey Lincoln. The swinging is at a gentler pace, with Pittson’s piano and Willie Jones III’s brushes making for empathetic company.

Pittson sings her own lyrics to Hubbard’s “Like A Byrd” (“Byrd Like”) and “We’re Having a Crisis” (“Crisis”), appealingly scatting, floating, soaring and speeding along. Her fun with the music is clear, irresistible and still further evidence that we have a fresh new jazzbird to celebrate.

Produced by Suzanne & Jeff Pittson 
Recorded on August 26 & 27, 2008 at Systems Two, Brooklyn, NY
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Mike Marciano at Systems Two
Arrangements by Jeff Pittson
Cover artwork and graphic design by Evan Pittson

Suzanne Pittson  voice
Jeremy Pelt  trumpet and flugelhorn
Steve Wilson  alto and soprano saxophones
Jeff Pittson  piano and fender rhodes electric piano
John Patitucci  bass
Willie Jones III  drums

Liner Notes to OUT OF THE HUB: The Music of Freddie Hubbard

     I first heard Freddie Hubbard with the VSOP when I was a teenager - Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on saxophone, Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams on drums.  The Miles Davis 60‘s quintet with Freddie replacing Miles.  Quite simply, I was blown away. 

    I grew up in a family where we listened to jazz continuously, yet I became a classical pianist and earned Bachelor's and Master’s degrees in music.  My heart, however, was with singing jazz and I consciously changed my career direction knowing this was what I had to do.  In the very beginning, Freddie Hubbard’s highly personal approach was of particular interest and I transcribed and sang his solos and heard him perform whenever possible.  As a result, I made a commitment to learn Freddie’s harmonic language, not fully understanding how difficult a task this would be, or where it would lead me. 

    It’s fitting that I married Jeff Pittson, a jazz pianist who shared my feelings about Freddie.  Jeff and I had a cassette tape that we fondly called ‘the Freddie tape,’ 90 minutes of continuous Freddie Hubbard solos!  Wow!  What a treasure trove that was!  Of course, anyone who has dug into that treasure knows just how brilliant his harmonic concept remains to this day.

    A few years ago, I was on a gig with bassist Jeff Chambers who played with Freddie in the ’90’s.  I remember saying to him, “I’m determined to become a soloist of the caliber of Freddie Hubbard.”  His response was “you and everyone else!”  Whether playing a ballad or the most burning up-tempo, Freddie always had something profound to say, knew how to turn the most beautiful phrase, and to me, embodied the perfect blend of intellect and heart.  I am at once moved and awed by everything he plays.

    There have been so many musicians who have impacted my life, influenced my style, and helped me to formulate my vision.  But I have always come back to Freddie.  It seemed fitting, therefore, that I record his music in order to express my gratitude and respect.  In June, 2008, Jeff and I visited Freddie at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City to seek permission to record five of his compositions with our collaborative lyrics.  After chatting with him in the crowded dressing room and taking the picture which appears in this album, he enthusiastically approved our original lyrics in September, 2008, just three months before his passing.  I will always remember his kindness and trust and it is my intent to honor my debt of gratitude by always bringing my best to every performance... something that Freddie did throughout his career.

    Of course, this is really only the beginning of the process for me and I will never pretend to fully understand Freddie’s language or the depth of his artistry.  But I do hope that through the study and performance of his music, I can pay homage to someone who gave his life to help create this great art form, and also take a huge step forward in my own development.  Thanks Freddie for letting me stand on your shoulders!

- Suzanne Pittson, 2010