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Hubert Laws (2012)

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Is Hubert Laws a classical flautist who plays jazz, or a jazz musician who plays on pop recordings, or a pop musician who plays R&B, or …? The answer is that he's all of the above.

Born into a musical family in Houston, Texas (both parents played, from his father's harmonica to his mother's gospel on piano, and several of his seven brothers and sisters make their living in music), Hubert made his journey to the flute via piano, then (like his good friend, the late Freddie Hubbard) Mellophone at grade school, and alto saxophone.

Hubert traveled to Los Angeles with his Houston contemporaries the Jazz Crusaders (Wilton Felder, Wayne Henderson, Joe Sample, and Stix Hooper), and then took up a scholarship to Julliard in New York City.

In the intervening half century (can it be?) he's played with just about everybody in all the genres mentioned above (Hubert is no respecter of musical boundaries), but for those of us who view him as primarily a jazz musician, his prowess and importance in jazz was recognized in 2011 when he became an NEA Jazz Master.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Chick Corea The Ultimate Advantage Queen Tedmur Concord/Stretch
# 2 Weather Report The Best of Weather Report Elegant People Columbia
# 3 Freddie Hubbard First Light Lonely Town CTI
# 4 Freddie Hubbard Polar AC (LP) Polar AC CTI
# 5 Hubert Laws Morning Star Morning Star CTI
# 6 David Budway A New Kiss Strike Up the Band MaxJazz
# 7 Hubert Laws, Quincy Jones and Chick Corea New Earth Sonata (LP) Amazing Grace CBS
         
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