Hubert Laws – The Chicago Theme (1975/2013)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz | Time – 34:52 minutes | 1,37 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 34:52 minutes | 760 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: e-Onkyo | Genre: Jazz | © CTI Records
“The Chicago Theme” is an album by flautist Hubert Laws recorded at Rudy Van Gelder’s Studio in New Jersey in 1974 and released in 1975 on the CTI label. The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow state “Rather than performing with a small group, as he did on his best sessions, Laws is joined by strings and funky rhythm sections playing now-dated commercial grooves… The only reason to acquire this out of print LP is for Laws’ still-superb flute playing”.
Hubert Laws made his finest recordings playing arrangements by Don Sebesky. Unfortunately, starting with this project, Bob James began to take over the writing chores, and the flutist’s recordings became much more commercial. Rather than performing with a small group, as he did on his best sessions, Laws is joined by strings and funky rhythm sections playing now-dated commercial grooves. The six selections (which include James’ forgettable “Chicago Theme,” “Midnight at the Oasis” and Dvorák’s “Going Home”) are listenable, but nothing special. The only reason to acquire this out of print LP is for Laws’ still-superb flute playing.
01 – The Chicago Theme (Love Loop)
02 – Midnight at the Oasis
03 – You Make Me Feel Brand New
04 – Going Home
05 – I Had a Dream
06 – Inflation Chaser
Conducted by Bob James. Arranged by Hubert Laws & Bob James.
Produced by Creed Taylor. Engineered by Rudy Van Gelder.
Recorded between January and April, 1975 at Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, NJ.