Fever

Fever

by Ronnie Laws
     
 

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…  See more details below

Overview

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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/13/1993
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0077778954125
catalogNumber:
89541

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ronnie Laws   Primary Artist,Flute,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Ray Kelley   Cello
Bobby Lyle   Synthesizer,Clavichord,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Clavinet
Ronald Coleman   Background Vocals
Murray Adler   Violin
Tony Benn   Conductor
Bruce Carter   Drums
Bonnie Douglas   Violin
Wilton Felder   Bass
Henry Ferber   Violin
Elliott Fisher   Violin
Ronald Folsom   Violin
Nathan Gershman   Cello
James Getzoff   Violin
Steven Guittierrez   Drums
Donald Hepburn   Synthesizer,Clavichord,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Clavinet,ARP
Michael Hepburn   Synthesizer,Clavichord,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Clavinet,ARP
Augie Johnson   Background Vocals
William Kurash   Violin
Joy Lyle   Violin
Marlon The Magician   Guitar
Gordon Marron Strings   Violin
Nathaniel Phillips   Bass,Electric Bass
Victor Sazer   Cello
Deborah Shotlow   Background Vocals
Felix Sitjar   Violin
Carroll Stephens   Violin
Tony Ben   Conga
Esau Joyner   Background Vocals
Michael Miller   Background Vocals
Bruce Smith   Percussion

Technical Credits

Wayne Henderson   Producer,Remixing
George Butler   Producer,Executive Producer
F. Byron Clark   Engineer
Dale Frank   String Arrangements
Ria Lewerke   Art Direction
M. Joseph   Composer
W. Murray   Composer

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