Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Ronnie Laws "Fever"

Ronnie Laws

( LP Blue Note Records, 1976 )
Catalog # BN-LA628-G

A1 - Let's Keep It Together 4:30
A2 - Fever 3:24
A3 - All the Time 4:00
A4 - Stay Still (And Let Me Love You) 7:24
B1 - Strugglin' 4:08
B2 - Captain Midnite 2:58
B3 - Karmen 3:47
B4 - Night Breeze 6:29
B5 - From Ronnie with Love 4:22

Personnel & Credits:
Backing Vocals - Augie Johnson
Bass - Wilton Felder (tracks: A3, B1, B4)
Bass [Electric] - Nathaniel Phillips (tracks: A1, A2, A4, B2, B3, B5)
Cello - Jesse Ehrliect, Nathan Gershman, Raymond J. Kelley, Victor Sazer
Congas - Tony Ben (tracks: A3, B1, B4)
Drums - Bruce Carter (tracks: A1, A2, A4, B2, B3, B5), Steve Guiterrez (tracks: A3, B1, B4)
Electric Piano, Clavinet, Synthesizer [Arp] - Donald Hepburn (tracks: A1, A2, A4, B2, B3, B5),
Michael Hepburn (tracks: A1, A2, A4, B2, B3, B5)
Electric Piano, Clavinet, Synthesizer [String Ensemble] - Bobby Lyle (tracks: A3, B1, B4)
Engineer - F. Byron Clark
Executive Producer - George Butler
Guitar - Marlon The Magician (tracks: A1, A2, A4, B2, B3, B5)
Percussion - Bruce Smith (tracks: A1, A2, A4, B2, B3, B5)
Producer - Wayne Henderson
Saxophone [Tenor, Soprano], Flute - Ronnie Laws (tracks: A1, A2, A4, B2, B3, B5)
Violin - Bonnie Douglas , Carroll Stephens, Elliott Fisher, Felix Sitjar,
Gordon Marron , Henry Ferber , James Getzoff,
Joy Lyle, Murray Adler, Paul C. Shure, Ronald Folsom, William Kurasch

Recorded at The Total Experience Recording Studio in 1976
Mastered at Kendun Recorders, Burbank, California
** Also issued on Blue Note CDP 7 89541-2

When Ronnie Laws first started recording as a leader in 1975, one of the saxman's strongest allies was Wayne Henderson. That trombonist and founding member of the Crusaders (originally the Jazz Crusaders) was an expert when it came to combining the accessibility of soul and funk with the freedom of jazz, and his guidance proved to be a definite asset when he produced early Laws albums like Pressure Sensitive (1975) and Fever (1976). The popular Grover Washington, Jr. was a strong influence on Laws, whose appreciation of Mr. Magic asserts itself on everything from the funky "Let's Keep It Together" and the gritty "Captain Midnite" to Bobby Lyle's alluring "Night Breeze." This isn't to say that Laws was a Washington clone, or that he unaware of other soul-jazz saxmen like Eddie Harris and David "Fathead" Newman. Laws, in fact, was quite recognizable himself on both tenor and soprano. One tune that definitely isn't in the soul-jazz vein is "From Ronnie with Love," an angular, cerebral post-bop offering that isn't unlike something Jackie McLean would do. Because Laws has recorded so many throwaways, one has to approach his catalog with caution; but rest assured that Fever puts his talent to work instead of wasting it.
By Alex Henderson
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By Celo


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