The Black Angel (album)

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The Black Angel
The Black Angel.jpg
Studio album by
RecordedMay 16, 1969
Regent Sound Studios, New York City
SD 1549
ProducerGil Fuller
Freddie Hubbard chronology
A Soul Experiment
The Black Angel
The Hub of Hubbard
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings2.5/4 stars[2]

The Black Angel is a studio album by American jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, recorded in 1969 and released in 1970.[3][4][5] It was his fourth release on the Atlantic label and features performances by Hubbard, James Spaulding, Kenny Barron, Reggie Workman, Louis Hayes and Carlos "Patato" Valdes.


Al Campbell of AllMusic commented "Freddie Hubbard released The Black Angel in the same year as the landmark Miles Davis album Bitches Brew. Its obvious Hubbard wanted to appeal to the emerging crossover rock/jazz crowd of the era. The presence of bop, however, still permeated Hubbard's playing, unlike Miles who had long since dropped the form... An enjoyable session leaving the impression Hubbard was preparing to take a different musical direction".[1]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Freddie Hubbard except as indicated
  1. "Spacetrack" - 16:58
  2. "Eclipse" - 8:19
  3. "The Black Angel" (Kenny Barron) - 8:19
  4. "Gittin' Down" - 6:40
  5. "Coral Keys" (Walter Bishop Jr.) - 5:20



  1. ^ a b Campbell, Al. "The Black Angel - Freddie Hubbard | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 December 2019.
  2. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 733. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Giner, Juan; Sardà, Joan; Vázquez, Enric (2006). Guía universal del jazz moderno (in Spanish). Ediciones Robinbook. p. 195. ISBN 978-84-96222-10-6. Retrieved 15 December 2019.
  4. ^ "The Black Angel". Windplayer. Windplayer Publications. 8: 40. 1991. Retrieved 15 December 2019.
  5. ^ Dunscomb, J. Richard; Hill, Willie (2002). Jazz Pedagogy: The Jazz Educator's Handbook and Resource Guide. Alfred Music Publishing. p. 256. ISBN 978-0-7579-9125-7. Retrieved 15 December 2019.