The title of this LP is not hype, for Ira Sullivan throughout the date shows off his impressive improvising skills on trumpet, flügelhorn, alto, tenor, and flute, sometimes overdubbing (mostly for melody statements). Joined by pianist Hank Jones, bassist Eddie Gomez, and drummer Duffy Jackson, Sullivan plays several straight-ahead standards (including "Our Delight," "Bernie's Tune," and "Satin Doll"), along with some newer pieces. He displays both his mastery of bop and of more advanced (and freer) ideas. A pretty definitive session by the underrated Ira Sullivan.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow