Ronnie Laws

Ronald Wayne "Ronnie" Laws (born October 3, 1950, Houston, Texas)[1] is an American jazz, blues and funk saxophonist. He is the younger brother of jazz flautist Hubert Laws.

Biography

Laws is the fifth of eight children born to Hubert Laws, Sr. and Miola Luverta Donahue.[1]

Laws attended Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, for two years. In 1972, Laws joined the fledgling group Earth, Wind & Fire, playing saxophone and flute on their album Last Days and Time. He left the band soon afterwards, long before they achieved their commercial success.

In 1975, he began his solo career with the album Pressure Sensitive, on which his most famous instrumental song, "Always There", was included. It became an instant jazz-funk classic, covered by numerous artists.

In 1978 he released an album called Flame under United Artists Records and from it a 12" single was released called "All for You" with a strong vocal presence and additional tracks entitled "Let's Keep it Together" and "Nuthin' 'bout Nuthin" from other previous albums. The 12" single was his first issued in the UK as well as the US, and paved the way for this format to be used for promoting artists' work at the time without the need to own the full LP.

Apart from playing saxophones, Laws also sings. Notable vocals include "Every Generation" (1980), "Stay Awake" (1981, included on the album Solid Ground) and "Mr. Nice Guy" (1982).

Laws has also recorded with numerous other artists, including Arthur Adams, Howard Hewett, Brian Culbertson, Ramsey Lewis, Jeff Lorber, Hugh Masekela, Alphonse Mouzon, David Sea, and Sister Sledge.

In 1999 a tribute to Ronnie Laws' "Always There", mentioned earlier, was played by a group of musicians including Boney James, Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum, Kenny Garrett and Larry Carlton performing the number at the Montreux Jazz Festival. This has been issued on DVD and is entitled Casino Lights '99.

More recently in June 2005 the album Every Generation from 1980 was at last, after continued demand, issued on CD format. The original tracks are "Young Child", "Never Get Back to Houston", "Every Generation", "Tomorrow", "O.T.B.A.", "Love's Victory", "Thoughts and Memories" and "As One".

Discography

Year Album title Publisher
1975 Pressure Sensitive Blue Note
1976 Fever Blue Note
1977 Friends and Strangers Blue Note, United Artists
1978 Flame United Artists
1980 Every Generation Liberty, United Artists
1981 Solid Ground Liberty
1982 Mr. Nice Guy Liberty, United Artists
1984 Classic Masters Liberty, United Artists
1986 Mirror Town Columbia
1987 All Day Rhythm Columbia
1989 True Spirit Par
1990 Identity ARD
1992 Deep Soul Par
1995 Brotherhood Intuition
1995 Pressure ARG
1995 Natural Laws Right Stuff
1996 Tribute to Legendary Eddie Harris Blue Note
1998 Portrait of the The Isley Brothers: Harvest for... Blue Note
2000 Dream A Little HDH
2001 Ronnie Laws Live Scepterstein
2004 Everlasting HDH
2009 Voices In The Water Century 22 Productions

References

  1. a b . United States: The Generations Network. http://www.ancestry.com. Retrieved 2008-07-20.