This is one of Freddie Hubbard's more obscure sessions of the 1960s. Actually, it was originally led by the forgotten trombonist Willie Wilson (who died in 1963). The 23-year-old trumpeter is teamed with Wilson, baritonist Pepper Adams, and the Duke Pearson Trio (with bassist Thomas Howard and drummer Lex Humphries) for originals by Wilson, Pearson, Adams, Donald Byrd, and Tommy Flanagan in addition to two standards that feature the trombonist. This is an excellent hard bop date and well worth picking up by straight-ahead jazz fans.
AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow