Thursday, 3 June 2010

Ronnie Laws "Pressure Sensitive"

Ronnie Laws

"Pressure Sensitive"
( LP Blue Note Records, 1975 )
Catalog # BN-LA452-G

A1 - Always There 4:52
Percussion [Flexitone], Congas - Joe Clayton
A2 - Momma 4:20
Vocals - Side Effect
A3 - Never Be The Same 4:23
Electric Piano - Joe Sample
Synthesizer [String Ensemble] - Jerry Peters
A4 - Tell Me Something Good 4:50
Clavinet - Joe Sample, Mike Cavanaugh
Electric Piano - Mike Cavanaugh
Synthesizer [Arp] - Jerry Peters
B1 - Nothing To Lose 4:54
Guitar - John W. Rowin, Jr.
Piano, Clavinet - Joe Sample
B2 - Tidal Wave 4:08
Bass [Fender] - Wilton Felder
Drums - Michael Willars
Guitar - John W. Rowin, Jr.
Synthesizer [String Ensemble], Piano - Jerry Peters
B3 - Why Do You Laugh At Me 3:55
Piano - Joe Sample
Synthesizer [String Ensemble] - Jerry Peters
B4 - Mis' Mary's Place 3:32
Piano, Clavinet - Joe Sample

Personnel & Credits:
Artwork By [Art Director & Designer] - Bob Cato
Artwork By [Cover] - Peter Lloyd
Bass - Clint Mosley, Wilton Felder
Clavinet, Electric Piano - Joe Sample, Mike Cavanaugh
Drums - Michael Willars, Steve Guttierrez
Electric Piano, Synthesizer [Arp, String Ensemble] - Jerry Peters
Executive Producer - George Butler
Guitar - John W. Rowin, Jr., Roland Bautista
Mastered By - Robert M. McLeod, Jr.
Percussion [Flexitone], Congas, Tambourine - Joe Clayton
Producer - Wayne Henderson
Recorded By, Mixed By - Frank Byron Clark
Saxophone [Tenor & Soprano], Flute - Ronnie Laws

Produced for At Home Productions.
Recorded at Angel City Sound, Los Angeles, CA, March, April, 1975.
Mixed at Angel City Sound, Los Angeles, California.
Mastered at Artisan Sound Recorders.
Joe Sample & Wilton Felder courtesy of ABC-Blue Thumb Records.
Side Effect courtesy of Fantasy Records.
** Also issued on Blue Note CDP 7 46554-2

Ronnie Laws has always been an R&B-oriented saxophonist miscast in the jazz world, starting with his early association with the rapidly declining Blue Note label. His debut album (also reissued) has a couple of decent melodies (the opening "Always There" is the most memorable), some soulful tenor and soprano playing by the leader in a style heavily influenced by Grover Washington, Jr., and vocals on only one of the eight selections; Laws's attempts to make it as a singer were still in the future. However this obviously commercial effort (every song fades out before it hits the five-minute mark) can only be recommended in comparison to Ronnie Laws's later more inferior recordings.
By Scott Yanow
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