This session is one of several recorded by producer Fred Norsworthy in 1961 and ultimately released on various labels. It was intended to feature trombonist Willie Wilson, who made what turned out to be his only recorded appearance here and revealed a warm and intelligent persona on his original "Blues for Alvina" and ballad features "The Nearness of You" and "Time After Time." The sextet date also provided one of the earliest opportunities for pianist Duke Pearson--like Wilson and bassist Thomas Howard a product of the Atlanta scene--to demonstrate his arranging skills outside a trio context, while also featuring Freddie Hubbard (a new star who had just joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers at the time) and the more established Pepper Adams. Pearson gets a surprisingly intimate sound out of the unusual trumpet/trombone/baritone sax configuration, which in addition to the standards is heard playing memorable tunes by Donald Byrd and Tommy Flanagan as well as originals from within the band.
with Freddie Hubbard, Willie Wilson, Pepper Adams, Thomas Howard, Lex Humphries