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Freddy Hubbard - Groovy! Album

Freddy Hubbard - Groovy! Album

Performer: Freddy Hubbard
Title: Groovy!
Country: UK
Catalog Number: FJL 136, 683 290 JCL
Label: Fontana
Released: 1966
Style: Hard Bop
Rating: 4.0
Votes: 104


2The Nearness Of You
3Number Five
4Minor Mishap
6Time After Time
7Blues For Alvena


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
883 290 JCYFreddy Hubbard Groovy! ‎(LP, Album, Fir)Fontana883 290 JCYNetherlands1966
4569883Freddie Hubbard Groovy! ‎(CD, Album, RE, RM)Solar Records 4569883Europe2010
NLP2009Freddie Hubbard Groovy! ‎(LP, Album, RE)Jazz Line NLP2009Japan1992
32JDJ-124Duke Pearson Time After Time ‎(CD, Album)Jazz Line 32JDJ-124Japan1987
OJCCD-1939-2, P-7729Duke Pearson Dedication! ‎(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM)Original Jazz Classics, PrestigeOJCCD-1939-2, P-7729US2000


  • Baritone SaxophonePepper Adams
  • BassThomas Howard
  • DrumsLex Humphries
  • PianoDuke Pearson
  • ProducerFred Norsworthy
  • TromboneWillie Wilson
  • TrumpetFreddie Hubbard


First official release (in mono, as it was originally recorded) of this excellent session produced in 1961 by Fred Norsworthy for the short-lived Jazz Line label. Unfortunately the label folded before this session’s release. The LP was unavailable until Fontana put it out in 1966: Fontana UK in mono, and Fontana Netherlands in stereo. The LP was not released in the US until 1970, when it was “electronically remastered” for stereo on Prestige as Duke Pearson, Dedication (PRST 7729).

Recording Date: New York City 2nd August 1961

Freddie spelt Freddy on the front and back of the sleeve, and on the spine, but not on the labels or the sleeve notes.


Reviews (1)
I have a UK pressing in Stereo, but with Mono labels (Exactly the same design as pictured on this listing - including the double ring around the centre hole), the word Mono has been crossed out and an S written on the label. Sleeve is also identical, but has the word Stereo hand written on the top right. So maybe there was a Stereo UK pressing, but they mis-labelled them so they are hard to spot? I have played mine, it's definitely Stereo, hard-panned horns in the left channel, bass & drums in the right. I would personally prefer a mono pressing to listen to!
Matrix no's for reference on my copy are;
A side - AA 883 290 1Y 1 670 112 C1 4
B side - AA 883 290 2Y 3 670 112 C1 1
I don't know how they compare to the stampers of a Netherlands pressing, I don't have one in my possession.

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