So the thing is that I come to Freddie Hubbard's Blue Spirits while following up on Harold Mabern, Jr. And the thing is that it's possible to get to certain albums from any ridiculous number of vectors. Ayler's Ghosts, for instance, reissued after his death as Ayler/Cherry, Vibrations; I've seen a third version, though I forget what it's called, but I'm pretty certain it's for Sunny Murray. In Hubbard's case, though, well, check these vectors, because this opening paragraph of the Wikipedia entry↱ is just one of those: Blue Spirits is the tenth album by trumpeter Freddie Hubbard released on the Blue Note label. It would be his last studio album for Blue Note, only followed up by the live album the next year; The Night of the Cookers. It features performances by Hubbard, James Spaulding, Joe Henderson, Harold Mabern, Jr., Larry Ridley, Clifford Jarvis, Big Black, Kiane Zawadi, Hank Mobley, McCoy Tyner, Bob Cranshaw, Pete LaRoca. The CD release added tracks from a 1966 session featuring Hosea Taylor, Herbie Hancock, Reggie Workman, and Elvin Jones. Yeah, that's all of two songs from that second session. And it's easy to see why the diverse, earlier session makes for a good release. But it's nearly absurd that he had Taylor, Hancock, Workman, and Jones, and the result waited thirty-seven years for release. Still, though, the Wiki article notes Allmusic gives the album four stars, while the Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide awards all of one star. How ... interesting. And here I am wondering what Mabern has to do to score better than three from either of them.