By far the best item in Legacy's reissue series devoted to the late-'60s/ early-'70s fusion label CTI is the 1970 Freddie Hubbard disc Red Clay—which is, by the way, also the virtuosic trumpete

By far the best item in Legacy's reissue series devoted to the late-'60s/ early-'70s fusion label CTI is the 1970 Freddie Hubbard disc Red Clay—which is, by the way, also the virtuosic trumpeter's most consistently compelling album by a long shot. Featuring a killer band of Herbie Hancock on electric piano, Joe Henderson on tenor sax, Ron Carter on bass, and the 20-year-old Lenny White on drums, the widely influential Red Clay comprises five tracks of funky yet ambitious post-bop jazz. The 12-minute title track is a soulful avant-blues classic, while Hubbard and company's sanguine take on John Lennon's "Cold Turkey" is one of the most enterprising jazz covers ever. Included as a bonus on this superbly remastered reissue is a 19-minute jam on "Red Clay" featuring Hubbard's scorching trumpet juxtaposed with such fellow CTI stars as guitarist George Benson and sax man Stanley Turrentine.—BB