NOW PLAYING: Various Artists - "Atlantic Jazz: Flutes" (Atlantic/Rhino: U.S. CD); The Jazz Crusaders - "Chile Con Soul" (Pacific Jazz: U.S. LP and Pacific Jazz/Blue Note/Capitol: U.S. CD Reissue)
THE BACKSTORY: Happy Belated Birthday to Hubert Laws, born November 10. Hubert comes from a family where he and his siblings (most notably brother Ronnie and sisters Debra and Eloise) have carved out very distinguished and successful musical careers in their own right over many decades. I discovered Hubert on Bob James' "Touchdown" album (Tappan Zee/Columbia) and instantly fell in love with his sweet playing. I then came across his CTI solo work when I started record collecting. Subsequently once I began my radio show in the 80's, a few of Hubert's Columbia albums were scattered throughout the station's library. This gave me an opportunity to preview and play his music, which always received enthusiastic listener response. By receiving the "Atlantic Jazz: Flutes" compilation as a promo, I learned that Hubert was first signed to the label in the 60's. Even though they were both on the scene around the same time, I was more familiar with fellow labelmate and Jazz flautist Herbie Mann mainly due to his hit album and tune "Memphis Underground" (Atlantic) which also appears on the compilation. While this gives a nice sample of Hubert and his other Atlantic labelmates (Rahsaan Roland Kirk, David "Fathead" Newman, Herbie Mann, Yusef Lateef, Charles Lloyd), in my opinion Hubert's playing is outstanding as a member of The Jazz Crusaders on "Chile Con Soul". Years ago I found this album during a record run, and it wasn't even in my crosshairs. I never knew this album was part of The Crusaders' Pacific Jazz catalog, let alone that Hubert was a Jazz Crusader for a period of time. "Chile Con Soul" is such a great album that I play it at least once a week. I was so pleased that it was reissued on CD. Hopefully one day it will get a vinyl reissue, because I could certainly use a new copy.
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