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Hubbard dazzled audiences and critics alike as a sideman for the likes of Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Art Blakey, and later as a band leader in his own right. He attracted attention in the 1960s for his superlative work as a member of the Jazz Messengers, the valuable training ground for young musicians led by drummer Blakey.
In addition, Hubbard was acclaimed for his '60s avant garde efforts, including Eric Dolphy's 'Out to Lunch,' John Coltrane's 'Ascension' and Ornette Coleman's masterful group improvisation 'Free Jazz.' Hubbard's 1970s soul-jazz accomplishments included 'Red Clay' and 'Straight Life,' which courted a wider audience with elements of pop, rock and funk.
Sadly, Hubbard's career was derailed in 1992 when he damaged his lip. Although he resumed performing and recording after a lengthy hiatus, he was no longer the powerful player that he had been in his prime.