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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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Good for my workout every morning
michaeld1001 2
Friends and Strangers. Enough said.
"Every Generation"M u s i c for a movement
The Family Laws Super-Badd Super-Starzz z
LOVE'S Disciple*978 * ~ 6 m 1 4 y ~
Ronnie Laws flat out COOKS!! Why can't you just listen to music for the enjoyment of it and stop trying to label everything you hear by being the GREAT HYPE CRITIC!! If you don't know...ASK SOMEBODY!!
I totally agreed with the previous writers, Ronnie is the lick and was notably ahead of his time. Ronnie had his own style and is good at it. Why people who don't know A dam thing about trial blazers WONT TO TRIP ON THEM. As Doc Rivers (coach of La Clippers) said, You just be you. Ronnie you just be you..
rob39277
Kristen Taylor you are dead on with your cast of characters but add Herbie, Roy Ayers, Brian Auger and Rit. Ronnie and these cats were way ahead of their time. The cat that wrote the bio should ask someone from the Steel City back in the early 70's.
One of my all time favorites ♥♥♥
I think it's time to stop reading these bios. The one who wrote the piece on Ronnie must have lost his girlfriend to him.
Was one of my first. Always liked his music.
Love this music!! Off the stage!! He' just my little brother!!! Lol he cracks up when I call him that!' He's bigger n older!! ... One of my best friends!!!!
Let me just say this, Friends & Strangers was the lick, it's still the best !!!
RONNNIE LIVES ON AND STILL ONE OF MY FAVORITES
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.
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