- Ronnie Laws
Infobox musical artist
Name = Ronnie Laws
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Ronald Laws
Born = birth date and age|1950|10|3
Origin = flagicon|USA
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Jazz, Blues, Funk
Years_active = 1972 – Present
Label = Blue Note, Liberty, Columbia
Ronald Wayne "Ronnie" Laws (born
October 3, 1950in Houston, Texas)cite web
title= Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997 [database on-line]
publisher= The Generations Network
accessdate=2008-07-20] is an American
jazz, bluesand funk saxophonist. He is the younger brother of jazz flautist Hubert Laws.
Stephen F. Austin State Universityin Nacogdoches, Texasfor two years. In 1972, Laws joined the fledgling group Earth, Wind & Fire, playing saxophoneand fluteon their album "Last Days And Time". He left the band soon afterwards, long before they achieved their huge commercial success.
In 1976, 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 Artsts (UA) 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 saxophones, Laws also included vocals into his songs. Notable vocal makings 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, 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 Whalumand Larry Carltonperforming 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".
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