Freddie Hubbard: "Skagly" (Wounded Bird) 2009
CD Reissue Date in the U.S.: June 9, 2009
This is the first domestic (ie, USA) CD release of Hubbard's final album for Columbia (recorded in Hollywood, CA, in December 1979, released on LP in 1980), thanks to the Wounded Bird label, which licensed it from Sony Music.
The booklet of this CD reissue reproduces the original non-gatefold LP cover, but with no additional info nor liner notes. Excelent remastering sound.
Original album produced by Hubbard himself, with Michael Davenport credited as associate producer.
Highlights; the opening funkyfied-fusion tune "Happiness Is Now" (by FH) and bassist Larry Klein's "Cascais."
Featuring: Billy Childs, George Duke, Larry Klein, Carl Burnett, Paulinho da Costa, Hadley Caliman, Jeff Baxter & Philip Ranelin.
Doug Payne's comments, borrowed from his Sound Insights blog, follow: