Who was Hubert Laws and how did he contribute to music?

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Hubert Laws, born in Houston, Texas, is a musician and an acclaimed flutist. He is essentially a classically-trained flutist. He was a member of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. His recordings include 1966's Flute By-Laws, 1990's New Earth Sonata, and 2005's Law's Cause among a plethora of other recordings. He has a portfolio of 20 albums and has recorded for CTI Records and Creed Taylor.

He has worked with the likes of drummer Steve Gadd and pianist Bob James. He has also worked with Quincy Jones. Hubert Laws is equally proficient in the jazz, R&B, as well as pop genres. He studied with master flute player Julius Baker. Hubert Laws studied at theJuilliard School of Music in New York.

Hubert Laws 'In the Beginning" album (from 1974 and re-released in 2011) runs the gamut from classical-oriented pieces to straight-ahead jazz. This album also includes '70's funk flavorings. His brother Ronnie Laws (tenor saxophone) played on this recording. One of the song’s on this album is “Gymnopedie No. 1” by the French composer Erik Satie.

Hubert Laws’ contribution to music is his various flute stylings tailored to different musical genres. In addition, he has contributed greatly to other artists’ recordings through his work as a studio musician. He has recorded withMiles Davis, Chick Corea, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Paul Simon, Lena Horne, and Clark Terry, among an array of other others. A well-loved album by Hubert Laws is his “Morning Star” album released in 1972 by CTI Records.

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Hubert Laws is an American flutist and saxophonist. He plays jazz, classical and other music genres. He is one of the most recognized and famous jazz flutists. He is a classical artists who has mastered jazz, pop, and R&B. 

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