Valery Ponomarev held the trumpet seat in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers for four years from 1977 through 1980 (which gives you some kind of an idea about his playing style - long live hard bop!). He has a full, rich tone that brings to mind the greats - Clifford Brown and Freddie Hubbard. He's accompanied on this recording by Ralph Moore on tenor (someone who has appeared here before), Larry Willis on piano, Dennis Irwin on bass and Victor Jones on drums. Collectively they're called Universal Language. All but one of the compositions are Ponomarev originals. The recording was engineered by none other than Rudy Van Gelder. Give it a listen. It cooks.