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June 1997

Ronnie Laws
Tribute to the Legendary Eddie Harris
Blue Note Records

Saxophonist Ronnie Laws salutes the hip saxophonist-pianist-composer who electrified the music world in the '60s with Freedom Jazz Dance, Compared to What? and Listen Here.

Laws plays tenor and soprano on eight of Harris' best charts, aided by a relatively young rhythm section of Vernell Brown Jr. on piano, Craig T. Cooper on guitar, Mike Elizondo on bass, Jeffrey Suttles on drums and Darryl Munyungo Jackson on percussion. He adds veteran trumpeter Oscar Brashear on "Cold Duck" and pianist Patrice Rushen on "Sham Time." Laws has created a revitalized tribute to a lasting talent.

Originally published in June 1997
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