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Hubert Laws: Moondance

The danger in nostalgia is that the present often pales in comparison. Throughout the late ’70s and into the ’80s, flutist Hubert Laws laid down some genuinely sweet smooth jazz with the likes of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Bob James and Najee, among others.

In that light, it’s especially painful to find him so clearly out of creative juice on this, his first recording on the Savoy label. It’s not that there’s anything spectacularly bad on Moondance. The haunting reading of Van Morrison’s title track (with trumpeter Chris Botti doing his best Tutu-era Miles), the Steely Dan-like “Bloodshot,” the faintly seductive air of “Stay With Me” and the fuzzy swing groove of “Stinky” do make for pleasant enough diversions.

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