Land of Passion

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
When Columbia released Land of Passion in 1979, the album received scathing reviews from jazz critics. They knew Hubert Laws for his work as a jazz instrumentalist, and for the most part, Land of Passion isn't instrumental jazz -- it isn't hard bop, post-bop, or even fusion. The main focus of this LP is mellow, mildly jazzy R&B/pop with the occasional instrumental. So serious jazz standards shouldn't be applied. Unfortunately, the critics who trashed Land of Passion did apply serious jazz standards, which is sort of like a food critic lambasting an Italian restaurant because it doesn't provide Vietnamese or Cambodian cuisine. Land of Passion needs to be judged by ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
When Columbia released Land of Passion in 1979, the album received scathing reviews from jazz critics. They knew Hubert Laws for his work as a jazz instrumentalist, and for the most part, Land of Passion isn't instrumental jazz -- it isn't hard bop, post-bop, or even fusion. The main focus of this LP is mellow, mildly jazzy R&B/pop with the occasional instrumental. So serious jazz standards shouldn't be applied. Unfortunately, the critics who trashed Land of Passion did apply serious jazz standards, which is sort of like a food critic lambasting an Italian restaurant because it doesn't provide Vietnamese or Cambodian cuisine. Land of Passion needs to be judged by R&B/pop and quiet storm standards, and when those standards are applied, one has to say that this record is likable but not mind-blowing. Laws was obviously going after the quiet storm crowd when he recorded gentle tunes like "Music Forever" and "We're in Ecstasy." Arguably, quiet storm music falls into two main categories: R&B/pop vocals Luther Vandross, Phyllis Hyman, Anita Baker and R&B-minded crossover jazz Grover Washington, Jr., David Sanborn, Lonnie Liston Smith. For the most part, this LP which had yet to be reissued on CD when the 21st century arrived falls into the former category, although it does contain two gently funky instrumentals: "We Will Be" and "Heartbeats." Neither are masterpieces, but they have a lot more substance and integrity than the sort of elevator Muzak that Kenny G and Richard Elliot were known for in the 1980s and 1990s. Not one of Laws' essential releases, Land of Passion must be taken for what it is: a pleasant but unremarkable collection of mood music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/12/2013
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • UPC: 664140570825
  • Catalog Number: 5708
  • Sales rank: 29,844

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Music Forever (5:22)
  2. 2 Land of Passion (5:56)
  3. 3 We're In Ecstasy (7:15)
  4. 4 Heartbeats (6:47)
  5. 5 The Key (7:09)
  6. 6 We Will Be (4:56)
  7. 7 Land of Passion (3:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hubert Laws Primary Artist, Alto, Flute
Patrice Rushen Piano
Victor Feldman Percussion
Ronnie Laws Saxophone, Moog Synthesizer
Bobby Bryant Brass
Roland Bautista Guitar
Debra Laws Vocals
Eloise Laws Vocals
Arnold Belnick Strings, Violin
Oscar Brashear Brass
Garnett Brown Trombone
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler Drums
Bonnie Douglas Strings, Violin
Janice Dower Strings, Violin
Larry Dunn Synthesizer
Endre Granat Strings, Violin
Blanch Laws Vocals
Nils Oliver Cello
Benny Powell Trombone
Melvin Robinson Guitar
Paul Shure Strings, Violin
Maurice Spears Trombone
Robert Sushel Strings, Violin
Marcia Van Dyke Strings, Violin
Bobby Vega Electric Bass
Dorothy Wade Strings, Violin
Snooky Young Brass
Johnny Laws Vocals
James Jameson Bass
Ron Cooper Cello
Raymond Kelly Cello
Pat Kelly Guitar
Raymond Brown Brass
Raymond Pounds Drums
Sandy Seymour Strings, Violin
Barnaby Finch Piano
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