Freddie Hubbard's creative trajectory through the 1960s and '70s was both erratic and interesting. After a string of superb albums in the hard-bop vein for Blue Note, he moved to CTI in the early '70s, where he turned in some excellent fusion dates (STRAIGHT LIFE, for example, is a must-have). After signing to Columbia, however, Hubbard began cutting jazz-pop crossover albums not at all in keeping with his impressive legacy. 1978's SUPER BLUE found Hubbard returning to the electric fusion fold with saxophonist Joe Henderson, flutist Hubert Laws, and other top-string personnel. The album is a solid effort, with some outstanding playing, and stands head and shoulders above everything else he did in the mid-to-late '70s.