Another soulful member of the great Laws family – sweet modern soul from the great Eloise! The album's a bit in the mode of the DebraLaws album from the same period – warmly done, with rich production touches, but also a bit of a crackling undercurrent. Eloise isn't as modern stepping as Debra – but still great nonetheless – and handled well here by Thom Bell, who does the arrangements, and Linda Creed, who produced most of the set. Ronnie Laws also handled one track, the nice jazzy "Almost All the Way to Love" – and other cuts include "Let's Find Those Two People Again", "Moment to Moment", "If I Don't Watch Out", and "Search, Find". LP, Vinyl record album
Ronnie Laws —
Flame ... LP United Artists, 1978. Very Good ...
Ronnie Laws at the top of his early game – working in a tight mix of jazz and soul put together with some great help from Wayne Henderson's At Home Productions – very much in the hit style that team was putting out at the time! The work's surprisingly open and hip compared to efforts like this from a decade later – still smooth in production, but with lots of room for instrumental solos, and a groove that's still more heavy on fusion influences than anything else! Laws plays tenor, flute, and soprano sax – and other players include Larry Dunn on keyboards and Melvin Robinson on guitar – and a few cuts feature chorus vocals, by hip singers who include Eloise and DebraLaws, Diane Reeves, and Phillip Bailey. Titles include "All For You", "These Days", "Flame", "Living Love", "Joy", "Live Your Life Away", and "Love Is Here". LP, Vinyl record album