Freddie Hubbard leads a quintet with tenor saxophonist Harold Land, keyboardist Billy Childs, bassist Herbie Lewis, and drummer Steve Houghton, recorded at Concerts by the Sea. Though no date is given, most of the personnel recorded a number of dates with Hubbard in 1981, so that seems to be a likely time frame. The leader is in great form on both trumpet and flügelhorn throughout the set, while Land's powerful tenor sax ignites the furious rendition of "A Night in Tunisia." On the down side, the lack of liner notes is a bit frustrating, but this budget release is worth acquiring.
Live at Concerts by the Sea Review
by Ken Dryden