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Ronnie Laws

The younger brother of Hubert Laws, Ronnie Laws has a nice soulful sound on tenor, but has never seriously pursued playing jazz. Throughout his career, which includes early-'70s gigs with Quincy Jones, his brother, Ramsey Lewis, and Earth, Wind & Fire, Laws has essentially been an R&B player. He has led his own albums since 1975, but recorded very little of interest to the jazz world, although he is often listed on Billboard's contemporary jazz chart. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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mikexkinsey
@ Sidney Taylor - regarding your comment/ques t i o n from 10 mos. ago .... I believe he resides somewhere in SoCal; I saw him perform in 2012 in the Temecula wine country. Still active and his performance was as hip and expressive as it ever was :)
Smooth
The person ho wrote this review obviously does not have a clue.
Pressure sensitive is the best Ronnie Laws alum ever.
I have to disagree with this Review. My Dad, Steven Gutierrez, played drums with Ronnie on several albums from Fever to Friends and Strangers. Ronnie took Jazz in a new direction with his style of music. He is and always will be an important bridge from Jazz to Fusion, from which many Artist Sprang up. His unique crispy clear, graceful and tasteful runs up and down the scales, where you hear every note is almost un matched in any time period, Mchamp.
dave.smith91 6 . d s
@ Kristen Taylor... you left out 1 of my favorites and possibly most talented of the jazz fusion era the preceded so called smooth jazz. The one and only Lonnie Liston Smith, he was years ahead of his time, and now in his late 60s has not missed a beat. Saw him recently and he is still spectacular!
I beg to differ with this review. Ronnie Laws was right there when smooth jazz was in it's infancy. We also called it fusion. Laws, along w/Grover, Duke & Clarke, Rushen, Lenny White, Sanborn, Metheny, Flora Purim & Airto, Jeff Lorber Fusion (w/Kenny G before he went out on his own & his stuff started sounding like elevator musak) - ahh, the list goes on. They had some bass, some bottom, some funk & fused it all up in the jazz - and it was smooooooth.
*did PLAY saxophone, (story below of my buying a cool Ronnie Laws album as a young man...)
I was "top 40 ALL THE TIME" thru HS and college. As a freshman in college '77 or '78, I saw an album of jazz (well, I did Rey saxophone til I was kicked out of band in 6th grade!) and bought that album 'cause of an airbrushed bee, flying thru a flower petal... No other reason. The music, w/o even LYRICS, was so cool. As a Christian, used to "too short", missing, or dismissive artist bios, but never an UNFRIENDLY one like this. Blessings on ya!
lmd0414
WTH? Thumbs down on the reviewer. Ronnie Laws IS most def. a jazz musician. A very talented one at that.
There's a song from the Friends and Strangers album called Life in Paradise I sure would love hearing it again. Can anyone tell me where to find that Album?
As is family members talented but very under rated...
Not too many knew he played with EW&F!
realestate67 1 3
The Music of My Childhood, Thanks Ronnie!!!!!!
Smooth and as flowing as silk
Sure U'r right!!!! ;-)
Like I said a month ago. SMOOTH! We, as SJ listeners, need to get this music back on mainstream stations. What do you think, SJ listeners?
Takes you to another place!
Always in that great group of smooth jazz also love the whole Laws family
myjudy02
Back in the day this was priceless. Thanks for staying the course of time.
This is TRUE smooth jazz!!!
This is where Iam.
one of the old school Pioneers Ronnie Laws, from RI connection CRSJR
chris2429
I thinK the reviewer got his info messed up on Ronnie..."no t jaZZ"?
and fever!!!
IT takes you back when to Strangers could be Friends!!!
What else is there to say, THIS IS CHILL OUT MUSIC!!!!!!!
imani253
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imani253
Mr. Laws music puts me in the zone of joy, energizing and everything that is good.
His music always put me in that special place. ..
Slow smoke flowing free prich
Blow man blow!!!! Blow that sexi sax:)
Ijuscantgete n u f f o f t h i s j a m a n d t h a t S A X ! ! !
brown9114
We can't leave out Debra
Yes......bac k for more. This song makes me feel so good nothin like chilln on the beach....
Ditto! How sexy is this jam no words cannot describe. Now that u took me there please don't let me go!
Not Jazz! I have always considered Ronnie Laws as one of the best jazz artist of all times. His music is so mellow and soothing! I remember listening to him as a child and I loved his music, still do. My favorites are Love's Victory, Every Generation, and Friends and Strangers.
I learn of Ronnie Laws and family in my first of college in 1979. I loved his music from first listen.
Friends And Strangers, Flame, Every Generation, Always There, and Living Love are my all time favorites. Mr. Laws is very under rated in many circles and websites. Ronnie and his brother Hubert Laws, Patrice Rushen, Grover Washington Jr., Bob James and David Sanborn were all Smooth Jazz before Smooth Jazz received its name.
Dad said I use to go to sleep as a baby listening to Ronnie Laws... His music has a really nice sound to it..
ronnie laws always come out with good things and the laws family is the best at what their do you feel me
Did Ronnie Laws ever live in the Twin Cities (Iglehart)? I'm just showing him growing up in Houston, TX.
kooljazzzz
Unfortunatel y , the people who know the least about music are the ones who have the undeserved distinction to misrepresent the achievements of a pioneer in the genre called Jazz. Your comments and/or criticism continue to produce a dubious survey of various African American artistic achievements . The facts are: Ronnie Laws' intonation, phrasing and technique is unmatched in a voice that has been the hallmark of his studio and live recordings. Jazz is probably one of most misunderstoo d art for
Sorry Scott; how can you mention Ronnie Laws and see JAZZ; his song Every Generation from 1980 holds a dear place in my heart because of some things I was going thru.
I am with Transpressin c l l e ! Ronnie Laws has always been jazz. Not the hard stuff, but jazz all the same. This cut is blasting. Scott must have never heard Fever! How can you play with Ramsey and not be Jazz.
I see I made a comment a year ago also........ .
The bio doesn't do him justice, Ronny Laws introduced me to jazz and hooked me from the start with Solid Ground , not just the song but the entire album. I even saw him at concerts by the sea in Cali back in the 80's... All I can say is WOOOOWWWW AMAZING
Been listening to R Laws since the 70's,always been jazz to me.
Ronny Laws , where is he now , can anybody tell me?
The bio does not do Mr. Laws justice... This man is a serious jazz sax man!! I think you should re-word this bio... totally disagree!!
TAKES ME BACK TO THE PI
love ronnie have since he began .summer time stuff goes well with crawfish
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