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Lou Donaldson: Blues Walk (CD: Blue Note- US Import)Lou Donaldson: Blues Walk (CD: Blue Note- US Import)
Blowing an alto inspired by Bird, Donaldson made racks of Blue Notes, initially of a hardbop nature with Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers but later cultivating an R&B style more common on the tenor horn. Driven along by Ray Barretto's conga, this soulful excursion remains Donaldson's most defining moment on record, most notably for the minor blues of title track and an unusually joyful 'The Masquerade Is Over'. Great fun!

A BEBOP SHOP MILESTONE- An essential recording for your jazz CD shelf  


Price:  £12.99 


Lou Donaldson: Lou Takes Off (CD: Blue Note RVG- US Import)
 


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Lou Donaldson: Lou Takes Off (CD: Blue Note RVG- US Import)


Lou Donaldson: Here 'Tis (CD: Blue Note RVG)Lou Donaldson: Here 'Tis (CD: Blue Note RVG)
This January 1961 session was Lou Donaldson’s first with an organ trio. With the exception of Gershwin’s “A Foggy Day,” this album consists of strictly the blues in all its variety. Donaldson, ever the talent scout, also introduces the formidable jazz talents of St. Louis guitarist Grant Green and Chicago organist Baby Face Willette the jazz world. Both would make their Blue Note debut albums within a week of the exciting, soulful session. (Blue Note Records) 


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Lou Donaldson: Good Gracious! (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
1963 soul-jazz session with Lou Donaldson, alto sax; Grant Green, guitar; John Patton, organ & Ben Dixon, drums.

Limited edition high-definition 180g vinyl stereo LP.  


Price:  £21.99 

Lou Donaldson: Good Gracious! (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)


Lou Donaldson: Gravy Train (CD: Blue Note RVG)Lou Donaldson: Gravy Train (CD: Blue Note RVG)
A fine, relaxed set from the alto man, very almost the equal of the classic 'Blues Walk' set, with an infectiously sunny reading of 'South Of The Border', which proves that the Donaldson alto could still play straight-ahead bop in addition to the soul-jazz and blues he so regularly produced. His 'Polka Dots And Moonbeams' is beautifully managed and though the two added alternate takes don't add much to what we had already, this is as good an example of Donaldson's art.  


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Lou Donaldson: Lush Life (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)
On this gorgeous album, one of Donaldson’s favorites, his alto soars over an all-star octet arranged by Duke Pearson on seven standards. Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard and McCoy Tyner also contribute solos. This album was readied for release in 1967 when it was recorded, but subsequently shelved when Donaldson’s “Alligator Bogaloo” album became a big hit. It was first issued in 1980. (Blue Note Records)

Limited Edition, 180g Pressing. 


Price:  £21.99 

Lou Donaldson: Lush Life (Vinyl LP: Blue Note)


Lou Donaldson: The Natural Soul (CD: Blue Note RVG)Lou Donaldson: The Natural Soul (CD: Blue Note RVG)
One of the first albums with the great Green-Patton-Dixon rhythm section, this soulful album introduced John Patton’s Funky Mama which remains a staple among blues bands. The extended Sow Belly Blues is sublime Lou. (Blue Note Records) 


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