Eddie Higgins is a musician's musician. A renowned bop pianist, he is well known for his intricate yet soulful explorations of standards such as "Love Letters," which appear on "Soulero," now available for the first time on CD. He's joined on this disc with an outing by Hubert Laws, the classically-trained flautist whose "Laws' Cause" was engineered by Phil Ramone and features such jazz all-stars as Ron Carter, Chick Corea, and Kenny Burrell.
2 LPs in 1 CD: Eddie Higgins Trio/SOULERO (1966)/Hubert Laws/LAW'S CAUSE (1969).
Eddie Higgins Trio: Eddie Higgins (piano); Richard Evans (bass); Marshall Thompson (drums).
Producers: Bill Traut, George Bodansky.
Recorded at Universal Recording Corporation, Chicago, Illinois. Originally released on Atlantic (1446).
Performers include: Hubert Laws (flute, piccolo); Melba Moore (vocals); Jimmy Owens (trumpet, flugelhorn); Karl Porter (bassoon); Sam Brown (sitar); Chick Corea (piano); Roland Hanna (harpsichord); Kenny Burrell (guitar); Ron Carter (bass); Chuck Rainey (Fender bass); Grady Tate (drums).
Producer: Joel Dorn.
Originally released on Atlantic (1509).
Personnel: Eddie Higgins (piano); Melba Moore (vocals); Eric Gale , Kenny Burrell (guitar); Hubert Laws (flute, piccolo); Karl Porter (bassoon); Jimmy Owens (trumpet, flugelhorn); Chick Corea (piano); Chuck Rainey (bass guitar); Grady Tate, Marshall Thompson (drums).
Liner Note Author: Mike James .
Recording information: Universal Recording Corporation, Chicago, IL.
Arrangers: Chick Corea; Eddie Higgins; Hubert Laws; John Murtaugh.
This two-fer from Collectables features a pair of out of print LPs by Eddie Higgins (Soulero) and Hubert Laws (Laws' Cause), both originally issued separately on Atlantic in 1965 and 1969, respectively. Highlights among the 15 tracks include "Soulero" and "Django" (Higgins) and "Trio for Flute, Bassoon and Piano" and "Windows" (Laws). These discs provide an interesting and entertaining combination of hard bop and crossover jazz. ~ Al Campbell