Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Hubert Laws - 1975 - The Chicago Theme

Hubert Laws 
The Chicago Theme

01. The Chicago Theme (Love Loop) 5:37
02. Midnight At The Oasis 5:28
03. You Make Me Feel Brand New 5:50
04. Going Home 5:04
05. I Had A Dream 6:00
06. Inflation Chaser 6:00

Alto Saxophone – David Sanborn
Bass – Doug Bascomb
Guitar – Joe Beck, Phil Upchurch, George Benson, Eric Gale,  Richie Resnicoff
Bass – Ron Carter
Clavinet – Bob James
Piano – Bob James
Bass – Stanley Clarke
Drums – Andrew Smith
Tenor Saxophone, Soloist – Mike Brecker
Cello – Alan Shulman, George Ricci
Drums – Steve Gadd
Flute – Hubert Laws
Keyboards – Don Grolnick
Percussion – Ralph MacDonald
Trumpet – Randy Brecker
Viola – Al Brown, Manny Vardi
Violin – Charles Libove, David Nadien, Emanuel Green, Gayle Dixon, Harold Kohon, Harry Cykman, Harry Lookofsky, Matthew Raimondi, Max Ellen, Paul Gershman

Hubert Laws made his finest recordings playing arrangements by Don Sebesky. Unfortunately, starting with this project, Bob James began to take over the writing chores, and the flutist's recordings became much more commercial. Rather than performing with a small group, as he did on his best sessions, Laws is joined by strings and funky rhythm sections playing now-dated commercial grooves. The six selections (which include James' forgettable "Chicago Theme," "Midnight at the Oasis" and Dvorák's "Going Home") are listenable, but nothing special. The only reason to acquire this out of print LP is for Laws' still-superb flute playing.

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