Freddie Hubbbard is in some respects an unsung hero of jazz. He made key contributions to a remarkable number of classic jazz recordings in the early/mid 60s, including several albums with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Ornette Coleman's 'Free Jazz', Eric Dolphy's 'Out To Lunch,' Wayne Shorter's 'Speak No Evil,' and, for me, containing his best work of all, Herbie Hancock's 'Takin Off,' 'Empyrean Isles,' and 'Maiden Voyage.'
This, however is one of several albums he recorded as leader, on Blue Note, and is widely regarded as his best.
The album begins with a typical Hubbard performance on 'You're My Everything;' his sound is bright with a lovely warm tone and he plays lyrical phrases and fast flowing runs with equal skill. The title track is the most powerful performance on the album, a real tour de force, with Hubbard displaying great agility and range.
The standout track though, has to be 'Lament For Booker' dedicated to the late Booker Little who had been a contemporary trumpeter and friend of Hubbard's. The sound is unusual, with James Spaulding playing a backdrop on flute, over which Hubbard plays a poignantly beautiful and obviously heartfelt lament, featuring some of his most lyrical playing on record.
I would recommend this album to anyone who has appreciated Hubbard's playing on other artists' records, (and the likelihood is, if you have much of a jazz collection, he will faeture somewhere), or Hubbard fans who have missed this one so far. A very good album.