Hubbard gained fame playing with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers (1961-1964) next to Wayne Shorter and Curtis Fuller. Only two bandleaders have recorded under the Jazz Messengers moniker-drummer Art Blakey and his onetime rhythm section mate, pianist Horace Silver. This album could be an unofficial Jazz Messengers project. Hubbard was a member of Blakey's group when he recorded it, as was trombonist Curtis Fuller. Tenor saxophonist John Gilmore (on a rare non-Sun Ra Arkestra session) and bassist Art Davis later recorded with Blakey. On Juan Tizol's 'Caravan' Hubbard delivers a two-minute solo that encompasses all the trademarks of his playing-speed, power, and precision. À la Blakey, drummer Louis Hayes plays a quick solo introduction for the Hubbard original 'Bob's Place.' 'Happy Times,' another Hubbard piece, has a classic Tin Pan Alley sound and features a mellifluous solo by pianist Tommy Flanagan. Gershwin's 'Summertime' is then given a bit of Spanish tinge, with Hubbard's ambitious 'The 7th Day' closing the set.