Roland Bautista

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Roland Bautista
Birth name Roland Bautista
Born (1951-05-30)May 30, 1951
Died February 29, 2012(2012-02-29) (aged 60)
Genres Jazz, R&B, Soul, Pop, Rock, Blues
Instruments Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Years active 1972-2012
Labels ABC
Associated acts The Crusaders, Earth, Wind & Fire, Tom Waits, Ronnie Laws, George Duke, Ramsey Lewis

Roland Bautista (May 30, 1951 – February 29, 2012) was an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. Bautista was as well a former member of the band Earth, Wind & Fire.[1][2]


Earth, Wind & Fire[edit]

Bautista at first played as a rhythm guitarist on Earth, Wind & Fire's 1972 album Last Days and Time. As is so he left the band soon after its release. During 1981 he eventually returned to Earth, Wind & Fire so as to replace fellow rhythm guitarist Al McKay. Bautista went on to play upon the band's 1981 album Raise!. As well with EWF he played upon their 1983 albums Powerlight and Electric Universe. Batistuta went on to leave the band during that same year when the group went upon a hiatus that eventually lasted for four years.[2]

Work with other artists[edit]

As a rhythm guitarist Batistuta played upon Ronnie Laws's 1975 debut LP Pressure Sensitive and The Crusaders 1976 album Free As The Wind. Bautista then issued two solo LPs being 1977's Bautista and 1978's The Heat Of The Wind on ABC Records. As well he also played upon 1978 albums such as B.B. King's Midnight Believer, Tom Waits' Blue Valentine, The Crusaders' Images, George Duke's Don't Let Go and The Jacksons' Destiny. Bautista thereafter worked upon The Crusaders' Street Life and Dee Dee Bridgewater's Bad for Me LPs of 1979.[2]

Batistuta once again played with Tom Waits on his 1980 Heartattack and Vine LP. He also featured upon Randy Crawford's album Now You May Begin of the same year. As well Batistuta guested upon Ramsey Lewis's and George Duke's 1980 albums Routes & A Brazilian Love Affair respectively. During the following year he played upon Stanley Turrentine's LP Tender Togetherness, the Yellowjackets self titled debut album and Ella Fitzgerald's album Ella Abraça Jobim. He also guested as a guitarist upon the Dazz Band's 1982 LP Jukebox.[2]

Bautista went on to play on Morris Day's 1985 album Color of Success and again with Ramsey Lewis on his 1987 album Keys to the City.[2] On Keys to the City he featured alongside his former EWF bandmates Maurice White, Larry Dunn and Don Myrick.[3]


On February 29, 2012, Roland Bautista died of natural causes. [1] He was 60 years old.

Selective discography[edit]



  1. ^ a b "Former Earth Wind & Fire guitarist Roland Bautista dies | SoulTracks - Soul Music Biographies, News and Reviews". SoulTracks. 2012-03-07. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Roland Batistuta - credits". Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  3. ^ "Tamsey Lewis: Keys to the City". 

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