Ronnie Laws

Ronnie Laws (born October 3, 1950) is an American jazz, R&B, and funk saxophonist, known for his work both as a solo artist and as a member of notable bands. While Ronnie Laws is primarily recognized for his saxophone playing, there seems to be some confusion regarding him being referred to as a drummer. However, this profile will focus on his extensive contributions to music as a saxophonist.

Timeline of Career Highlights

1972 Joins Earth Wind and Fire, playing saxophone and flute.

1975 Releases his debut album "Pressure Sensitive," featuring the hit single "Always There."

1980 Releases the successful album "Every Generation."

1986 Achieves chart success with the album "Mirror Town."

1999 Receives a Grammy nomination for his album "Dream a Little."

2011 Inducted into the Black Music & Entertainment Walk of Fame.

Bands He Has Played With

Earth, Wind & Fire Early member, contributing saxophone and flute.

Pressure His own band, formed after leaving Earth, Wind & Fire.

The Laws Family Often collaborates with his siblings Hubert Laws (flautist) and Debra Laws (vocalist).

Solo Albums

1. Pressure Sensitive (1975)

2. Fever (1976)

3. Friends and Strangers (1977)

4. Every Generation (1980)

5. Solid Ground (1981)

6. Mr. Nice Guy (1982)

7. Classic Masters (1984)

8. Mirror Town (1986)

9. True Spirit (1989)

10. Identity (1990)

11. Dream a Little (1999)

12. Everlasting (2004)

13. Voices in the Water (2006)

Sound

Ronnie Laws is known for his smooth, melodic playing style that blends elements of jazz, R&B, funk, and soul. His sound is characterized by lyrical improvisation, rich tonal quality, and an ability to convey deep emotion through his instrument. Laws' music often features catchy hooks and grooves, making it accessible to a broad audience while maintaining musical sophistication.

Solo Albums

1. Pressure Sensitive (1975)

2. Fever (1976)

3. Friends and Strangers (1977)

4. Every Generation (1980)

5. Solid Ground (1981)

6. Mr. Nice Guy (1982)

7. Classic Masters (1984)

8. Mirror Town (1986)

9. True Spirit (1989)

10. Identity (1990)

11. Dream a Little (1999)

12. Everlasting (2004)

13. Voices in the Water (2006)

Grammy Awards

1999 Nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for the album "Dream a Little."

Famous Songs or Compositions

"Always There"

"Friends and Strangers"

"Every Generation"

"Stay Awake"

"Solid Ground"

Collaborations and Cover Versions

Collaborated with Artists such as Ramsey Lewis, Sister Sledge, and his siblings Hubert and Debra Laws.

He has played with the smooth jazz band Fourplay

Covered by Numerous jazz and R&B artists have covered his songs, particularly the hit "Always There."

Quotes

Music is a universal language that transcends boundaries and brings people together.
I've always tried to create music that speaks to the soul and connects with listeners on a deep level.

Gossip and Trivia

Family Ties Ronnie Laws is part of a highly musical family, with his siblings Hubert Laws and Debra Laws also being successful musicians.

Influence His work has influenced many contemporary jazz and R&B musicians.

Versatility Known for his versatility, Laws has seamlessly moved between genres throughout his career.

Legacy

Ronnie Laws' contributions to jazz, R&B, and funk music have made him a respected and influential figure in the music industry. His ability to blend genres and create emotionally resonant music continues to inspire both listeners and fellow musicians.

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