This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification. (July 2010) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
|Birth name||Ronald Wayne Laws|
October 3, 1950|
Houston, Texas, U.S.
|Labels||Blue Note, Liberty, Columbia|
|Associated acts||Hubert Laws, Debra Laws, Earth, Wind & Fire|
Ronald Wayne Laws (born October 3, 1950) is an American jazz, jazz fusion, smooth jazz saxophonist. He is the younger brother of jazz flautist Hubert Laws, jazz vocalist Eloise Laws and the older brother of Debra Laws.
Laws is the fifth of eight children born to Hubert Laws, Sr. and Miola Luverta Donahue.
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, which yielded his most famous instrumental song, "Always There." The song became an instant jazz-funk classic, covered by numerous artists.
In 1978 he released the album titled Flame under United Artists Records and from it a 12" single was released called "All for You," as well as additional tracks (from previous albums) entitled "Let's Keep it Together" and "Nuthin' 'bout Nuthin." 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 obtain the full LP.
Apart from playing saxophone, Laws also sings. Notable vocals include "Every Generation" (1980), "Stay Awake" (1981, included on the album Solid Ground) and "Mr. Nice Guy" (1982). "Stay Awake" reached #19 on the R&B chart, spending 18 weeks on the chart. It is ranked as the 94th biggest R&B hit of 1981.
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. He co-produced and sang backup on his sister's hit song, "Very Special."
A tribute to Ronnie Laws' aforementioned hit, "Always There," was performed in 1999 by a group of musicians including Boney James, Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum, Kenny Garrett and Larry Carlton at the Montreux Jazz Festival. The performance can be seen on the Casino Lights '99' DVD.
In June 2005, Laws' 1980 LP Every Generation was issued on CD format for the first time. 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."
Whilst never gaining the popularity in the UK that he has in the US, his music continues to be played by jazz funk and soul stations. Many have argued that Laws has been underrated as a musician in the UK but the die hard fans continue to recognize his ability to play the saxophone, employing the instrument to its full potential.
|1975||Pressure Sensitive||Blue Note|
|1977||Friends & Strangers||Blue Note, United Artists|
|1979||Future Street||United Artists|
|1980||Every Generation||Liberty, United Artists|
|1982||Mr. Nice Guy||Liberty, United Artists|
|1984||Classic Masters||Liberty, United Artists|
|1987||All Day Rhythm||Columbia|
|1995||Natural Laws||Right Stuff|
|1996||Tribute to Legendary Eddie Harris||Blue Note|
|1998||Portrait of The Isley Brothers: Harvest for...||Blue Note|
|2000||Dream A Little||HDH|
|2001||Ronnie Laws Live||Scepterstein|
|2009||Voices In The Water||Century 22 Productions|
With Walter Bishop Jr.
With Hubert Laws
None of the audio/visual content is hosted on this site. All media is embedded from other sites such as GoogleVideo, Wikipedia, YouTube etc. Therefore, this site has no control over the copyright issues of the streaming media.
All issues concerning copyright violations should be aimed at the sites hosting the material. This site does not host any of the streaming media and the owner has not uploaded any of the material to the video hosting servers. Anyone can find the same content on Google Video or YouTube by themselves.
The owner of this site cannot know which documentaries are in public domain, which has been uploaded to e.g. YouTube by the owner and which has been uploaded without permission. The copyright owner must contact the source if he wants his material off the Internet completely.