Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Hubert Laws - 1976 - Romeo & Juliet

Hubert Laws 
Romeo & Juliet

01. Undecided 6:07
02. Tryin' To Get The Feeling Again 8:07
03. Forlane 4:11
04. Romeo & Juliet 7:41
05. What Are We Gonna Do? 5:30
06. Guatemala Connection 5:43

Bass – Gary King
Clavinet – Mark Gray (tracks: B3)
Clavinet, Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes] – Bob James
Drums – Andy Newmark, Steve Gadd (tracks: A1)
Flute [Alto & Bass], Piccolo Flute – Hubert Laws
Guitar – Barry Finnerty (tracks: A2 to A3, B3), Eric Gale (tracks: A1 to A2, B2 to B3), Richie Resnicoff (tracks: B2 to B3), Steve Kahn (tracks: B1)
Percussion – Ralph MacDonald
Strings – Alan Shulman, Alfred Brown, Barry Sinclair, Charles McCracken, David Nadien, Emanuel Green, Emanuel Vardi, Guy Lumia, Harold Kohon, Harry Cykman, Harry Lookofsky, Matthew Raimondi, Max Ellen, Max Pollikoff, Paul Gershman, Seymour Barab
Trombone – Alan Raph, David Taylor, Wayne Andre
Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Alan Rubin, Bernie Glow, Jon Faddis, Marvin Stamm, Randy Brecker
Voice – Denise Wigfall, Kenneth Coles, Robin Wilson, Shirley Thompson

I just love this album. I have owned the original album since 1979 and when my eyes fell on the CD in one of our local shops about seven years ago now, I didn't have to think twice and bought it straight away. I still love to listen to it once every so often. The recording quality is just superb, especially on the acoustic recordings! A jazzfunk masterpiece, with a great rythm section (Andy Newmark and Ralph MacDonald), funky bass (Gary King), Bob James on keyboards and the cool and sophisticated flute of the man himself. Huberts interpretations of Ravel's 'Forlane' and Tchaikovsky's 'Romeo and Juliet' are just awsome. Played with tremendous virtuosity, perfect timing and outstanding deliverance! If you are in to jazz and funk but you love your classical music too, you are going to be hooked, I know I am!