Sunday, 30 August 2009

Lou Donaldson “Lou Takes Off”

Lou Donaldson

Lou Takes Off
( LP Blue Note Records, 1957 )
Catalog # BLP 1591

01 Sputnik [tk.6]
02 Dewey Square [tk.8]
03 Strollin’ In [tk.5]
04 Groovin’ High [tk.4]

Donald Byrd (tp)
Curtis Fuller (tb)
Lou Donaldson (as)
Sonny Clark (p)
George Joyner (b)
Art Taylor (d)

Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio,
Hackensack, NJ, December 15, 1957

The influence of Charlie Parker can be heard in virtually every modern jazz musician, particularly players of the alto saxophone. Although considered to be one of “Bird’s children,” Lou Donaldson absorbed and synthesized other pre-Parker influences, such as Johnny Hodges and Benny Carter. This recording marks a period in his development prior to a stylistic shift away from bop and toward a stronger rhythm and blues emphasis. Three up-tempo tunes are pure bebop; the remaining number is a medium blues in B flat, quite characteristic of the hard bop period. The front line on this set includes Donald Byrd and Curtis Fuller; the rhythm section is Sonny Clark, George Joyner, and Art Taylor. Overall, Lou Takes Off breaks no new musical ground, but it is a solid, swinging session of high-caliber playing. [An edition remastered by Rudy Van Gelder was issued in 2008.]
By Lee Bloom (AMG)

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