Despite its kitsch front cover, Freddie Hubbard's "The Love Connection" is an ultra-sophisticated album, superbly orchestrated by Claus Ogerman and featuring a stellar cast: Joe Farrell, Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Chuck Domanico, Chester Thompson (the ex-Genesis drummer, not the Santana keyboardist), Brazilian percussion master Rubens Bassini plus Tom Scott, Ernie Watts, Buddy Collette, Oscar Brashear, Snooky Young, Chuck Findley, strings concertmaster Guy Lumia and many others.
Recorded at A&M Studios (LA) & Columbia Studios (NY), it was co-produced by Ogerman & Hubbard.
Claus himself once commented about his sublime arrangement on John Latouche/Jerome Moross' "Lazy Afternoon", one of his favorite scores ever to one of his personal favorite tunes, which he recently re-recorded with Danilo Perez for "Across the Crystal Sea":
"There was a chain of events: when I worked in New York on Stephane Grappelli's album, I told Jimmy Rowles (who played on some of the tracks) that I was going to L.A. to do an album with Hubbard. Curiously, Jimmy asked me to remind Freddie to record "Lazy Afternoon". There must have been some link, maybe the two played the song together at one point. I always avoid to praise my own work. The excellent German composer Hans Pfitzner dwelled in self-praise of his own compositions. I have found this to be tacky. So, without being asked and at the risk of getting misunderstood, I say that the slow parts of "Lazy Afternoon" arranged for Freddie Hubbard are my best work and all I can do as an arranger. This chart and its recording alone was worth my coming to the United States."