The Best of Ronnie Laws

The Best of Ronnie Laws

by Ronnie LawsRonnie Laws


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The vast majority of albums that Ronnie Laws recorded in the 1980s and '90s were colossal disappointments, although 1996's superb A Tribute to Legendary Eddie Harris demonstrated that he was still capable of excellence. If you want to avoid hearing him play a lot of schlock, your best bets are those albums on which he salutes Eddie Harris and the saxman's mid- to late-'70s recordings on Blue Note. Although not everything on The Best of Ronnie Laws (which spans 1975-1980) is a gem, the CD has more hits than misses and boasts some of his more memorable recordings, including the insistent "Always There," the alluring "Night Breeze" and the melancholy ballad "Karmen." It's no coincidence that there are hints of Earth, Wind & Fire on "Solid Ground" and "Just As You Are" -- not only had Laws played with that soul powerhouse in 1972, but he also employs such EW&F members as keyboardist Larry Dunn and guitarist Roland Bautista. For those who enjoy the sort of jazz/soul/pop mixture that the Crusaders and Grover Washington, Jr. are best known for, this is a collection that, despite its flaws, is worth acquiring. ~ Alex Henderson.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/25/1992
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0077779828920
catalogNumber: 98289
Rank: 46523

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ronnie Laws   Primary Artist,Flute,Electric Piano,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Background Vocals
Philip Bailey   Background Vocals
Bobby Lyle   Electric Piano,Synthesizer Strings
Roland Bautista   Guitar
Debra Laws   Background Vocals
Eloise Laws   Background Vocals
Saundra Alexander   Background Vocals
Chris Brunt   Flute
William Bubba Bryant   Drums
Bruce Carter   Drums
Mike Cavanaugh   Electric Piano,Clavinet
Joe Clayton   Conga,Tambourine,Flexatones
Larry Dunn   Synthesizer,Clavinet
Wilton Felder   Electric Bass
Steve Gutierrez   Drums
Lovely Hardy   Background Vocals
Donald Hepburn   Synthesizer,Electric Piano,Clavinet
Michael Hepburn   Synthesizer,Electric Piano,Clavinet
Augie Johnson   Background Vocals
Leon Johnson   Bass
Patrick Kelly   Guitar
Denzil Miller   Keyboards
Nathaniel Phillips   Electric Bass
Raymond Lee Pounds   Drums
Dianne Reeves   Background Vocals
Melvin Robinson   Guitar
Art Rodriguez   Drums
Louis Satterfield   Electric Bass
Deborah Shotlow   Background Vocals
Deborah Thomas   Background Vocals
Bobby Vega   Bass
Fred White   Drums
Tony Ben   Conga
Donnie Beck   Electric Bass
Esau Joyner   Background Vocals
Andrew Acosta   Percussion
Marlon "The Magician" McClain   Guitar
Michael Miller   Background Vocals
Bruce Smith   Percussion
Barnaby Finch   Piano,Electric Piano
Sylvia St. James   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Wayne Henderson   Producer
Ronnie Laws   Producer
Chris Brunt   Engineer
F. Byron Clark   Engineer
Joe Clayton   Contributor
Michael Cuscuna   Producer
Reginald Dozier   Engineer
Mallory Earl   Engineer
Tom Knox   Engineer
Franko Caligiuri   Art Direction
Bill Jeffery   Producer,String Arrangements
Dale Smith   String Arrangements
John Howard   Illustrations

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