When Freddie Hubbard came to Hamburg to get on the tiny stage of Onkel Pö's Carnegie Hall in 1979, he was right at the center of the world of jazz, probably more than ever before or after in his career - together with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter and Tony Williams the trumpet player had set-up the quintet V.S.O.P. three years earlier; as the other four people of the group had previously formed the legendary second quintet of Miles Davis, Hubbard could be considered to be his direct successor.
The concert in Hamburg with his own quintet was exemplary for the artistic standard Hubbard set in those days almost four decades ago. Together with the V.S.O.P.-legend, this was basically the prologue to the evening at Onkel Pö. Furthermore, at that time the album The Love Connection (1979) had just been released and its title song starts off the proceedings.
Hubbard's band adopted some aspects of Blakey's Messengers-strategy: appearing on stage together with the young up-and-coming saxophonist Hadley Caliman (who sometimes also played the flute), the then 23-year-old bassist Larry Klein - who would later develop into a surprisingly versatile artist and with the drummer Carl Burnett. Above all, pianist Billy Childs performed brilliantly that evening at Onkel Pö - he was only 22 years old.
Freddie Hubbard - trumpet & flugelhorn
Hadley Caliman - saxophone & flute
Billy Childs - piano
Larry Klein - bass
Carl Burnett - drums