The Best of Hubert Laws

Label
CONTEMPORARY JAZZ MASTERS
Running length
14 tracks
Running time
90:36

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Syrinx 3:30 1,056
2 Fire And Rain 7:52 1,139
3 Allegro From Concerto 3:43 136
3 Allegro From Concerto #3 in D 3:47 16
4 The Rite of Spring 9:01 1,844
5 Amazing Grace 7:18 945
6 Morning Star 7:55 1,017
7 Moment's Notice 6:56 1,151
8 Gymnopedie #1 3:53 1,674
8 Gympopedie #1 3:57 6
9 The Chicago Theme (Love Loop) 5:30 489
10 Midnight at the Oasis 5:25 732
11 Farandole (L'Arlesienne Suite #2) 10:53 165
11 Farandole (L'Arlésienne Suite No. 2) 10:56 1

About this album

Musicians:

Hubert Laws (flute), Bob James (keyboards), Ron Carter (Bass), Billy Cobham (Drums), David Friedman (vibes, percussion),

Ralph McDonald (percussion), John Tropea (guitar), Romeo Penque (flutes, English horn), Jack Knitzer (bassoon), James Buffington (French horn), Alan Rubin, Marvin Stamm (trumpet, flugelhorn), Garnett Brown (trombone), plus a 13-piece string section
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Arranged and conducted by Don Sebesky
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Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, Sept.-Oct. 1972
Laws

Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

Laws has proven to be adept at playing jazz, soul, R&B, and last, but certainly not least, classical music. As he began a series of recordings for CTI in the late ‘60’s that would propel him to a level of popularity only experienced up to that time by one other jazz flutist, Herbie Mann, Laws was also performing with the New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. CTI’s Creed Taylor took full advantage of Laws’ virtuosic technique and vibrant, penetrating tone on a number of arrangements of classical pieces as well as quite memorably on the famous and entrancing Christian hymn “Amazing Grace.”

The cavernously deep sound that Laws projects on alto flute to begin “Amazing Grace” is both soothing and inspirational, as are the softly undulating strings in the background. When Laws switches to a more impassioned attack on standard flute, the orchestra swells movingly in support. Laws’ crescendo leads to his brief, unaccompanied, fluttering solo break, and then once again to the pristine beauty of the melody, played at the very end on alto flute as the track fades out.

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  • LeRoyUSBanker

    Mr. Laws is just one of the greatest Flutist of all time....take that to the bank...

    15 Dec 2010 Reply
  • TootnNannys

    I'm proud to own this album. Many years ago I heard Mr. Law's version of Amazing Grace. I finally found the album, which at that time, was only available as a Japanese press. I played this version to my mother before she died and as requested, went against all odds and had it played at her funeral.....think of it as a celebration of life.

    19 Oct 2010 Reply

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