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Ronnie Laws

Ronnie Laws' performs eight songs associated with the late, great saxophonist Eddie Harris. In some spots Laws (whose other recordings are in the worlds of jazz-funk and pop) closely copies his early inspiration, but when he tries to sound like himself, he comes across as a fine improviser. Laws (who doubles on tenor and soprano) is joined by a rhythm section including pianist Vernell Brown, Jr.; trumpeter Oscar Brashear makes two welcome appearances (particularly on "Cold Duck Time"). This CD (which is highlighted by lightly funky versions of "Freedom Jazz Dance," "Hip Hoppin'," and "Compared to What") is the first Ronnie Laws release recommended for conservative jazz listeners. ~ Scott Yanow