Lost but not least! Freddie Hubbard feat. Jeanie Tracy – You’re Gonna Lose Me (Fantasy)
“You’re gonna lose me…” is pretty much what might have happened to Houston, TX native Jeanie Tracy. She eventually came to the light soon after producer Harvey Fuqua discovered her and linked her with Sylvester. The latter sort of becoming her mentor. This while getting her as a backing singer both for Two Tons O’ Fun as for him. Narada Michael Walden following his example in the mid-80’s. Meanwhile offering her to provide vocals for artists such as Aretha Franklin. But also Whitney Houston and Shanice Wilson among others.
Ironically, Jeanie never really made it on her own despite a talent comparable to Gladys Knight. As one could definitely feel on the bumpin’ ‘Give It Up (Don’t Make We Wait)’ along with Sylvester. Not to mention to her vibrant performance on the bittersweet ‘You’re Gonna Lose Me’.
One of the highlights from Hubbard‘s ‘Splash’ album for Fantasy back in 1981. With some stellar co-production work by the latter together with percussionist Al Hall. The whole over a rumblin’ bassline courtesy of Paul Jackson, Jr..
– Born in 1938, Freddie Hubbard started playing the mellophone and trumpet in a school band at Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis, IN. Remembered for local works with Wes Montgomery and his brother, Monk, he relocated to New York City by the age of 20. There he would collaborate with countless Jazz celebrities such as Sonny Rollins or Quincy Jones. He soon after released his first album – ‘Open Sesame’, therefore opening his account with Blue Note.
Made famous in for playing in the Bebop, Hard Bop and post-Bop styles in the sixties, he scored his biggest successes on Creed Taylor‘s seminal CTI Records label with albums such as ‘Red Clay’, ‘First Light’ and ‘Sky Dive’.
He would be heavily criticised for commercialism though by the second half of the seventies. Be it for melting his sound with Soul and/or Funk like on the vibrant ‘You’re Gonna Lose Me’ featuring Jeannie Tracy. Not to mention for his cover version of Christopher Cross‘s ‘Ride Like The Wind’ or his featuring on Billy Joel‘s ’52nd Street’ album! And that would also pretty much be the case at the time regarding the stellar ‘Little Sunflower’ featuring Al Jarreau. Although this didn’t get the latter from reachin’ astronomic prices on the second hand market 20 years later or so…
Hubbard got back under the spotlights in the 80’s though, with the following years seeing him touring all around the world.
He sadly died, aged 70 on Dec. 29, 2008 in Sherman Oaks, CA, further to a heart attack he suffered from a month before…