Freddie Hubbard & Woody Shaw: Desert Moonlight
The Complete Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw Sessions (Blue Note 32747 )
Composed by Lee Morgan.
Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, November 21 or 22, 1985
Rating: 93/100 (learn more)
The meeting on record of Woody Shaw and all-time trumpet great Freddie Hubbard was a cause for rapt anticipation before this side came out in 1986. (They had already met under the leadership of Benny Golson on the European Timeless label three years before, but somewhat under the radar.) The results were indeed historic, if a little confined by the Blue Note repertory approach to the material played. I can’t help feeling that, all in all, Woody was heard to better effect on the Hubbard/Shaw recordings—he’s always poised and fluent where sometimes Freddie strains a bit. They both sound great on this track, a cover of Lee Morgan’s “Desert Moonlight”.
Reviewer: Brian Lynch