Hubert Laws on his rendition of "Amazing Grace"
NOW, A JAZZ MOMENT...
MUSIC: Amazing Grace
Todd Barkan: To discuss Hubert Laws, you have to talk about the great sound that he has as a flute player. It's just one of the most inspirational, pristine sounds that I've ever heard in all of contemporary music.
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IT'S NO SURPRISE THAT THE RICH, ROUND SOUND OF NEA JAZZ MASTER HUBERT LAWS LEAVES A DEEP IMPRESSION ON MANY LISTENERS, LIKE JAZZ PRODUCER TODD BARKAN...
Todd Barkan: One song that I, that I go back to over and over with Hubert Laws that has touched me for decades, is when he plays Amazing Grace. It's just a thing of really radiant beauty.
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Hubert Laws: My dad was responsible for that. . One day, he'd come back from fishing I bought him a boat, and... he'd come back- he was at the boat with the hose, watering it down, getting the salt off- everything. While he was doing that, he was humming "Amazing Grace." I said, "Dad, you know what? I'm going to record that for you." (slightly upcut ? can't get to sound any better...)
Todd Barkan: I mean that, to me, encompasses all the worlds that he encompasses... It has his church background and it has his jazz, it has his blues, it has his exquisite expressive qualities to it.
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THIS JAZZ MOMENT WITH FLUTIST HUBERT LAWS AND PRODUCER TODD BARKAN WAS CREATED BY THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS. I'M CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE.