everybodydigs#1 Lou Donaldson – Lou Takes Off


everybodydigs# is a series of posts about Jazz, Funk, Soul & R’n’b albums released from the 20s to the 90s, you can read a brief description/review and listen to a small preview (when it’s possible). everybodydigs# is like when someone tells you “hey you should listen to this album!” and nothing less, enjoy!

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.

Personnel: Lou Donaldson (alto saxophone); Donald Byrd (trumpet); George Joyner (bass); Sonny Clark (piano); Curtis Fuller (trombone); Art Taylor (drums).

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  1. Just google the musician and album name then put in zip/rar after it. You should be able to find a download link in on the first page of results.

  2. Donaldson’s masterpiece is widely considered Blues Walk, but this one is a great album too. You really can’t go wrong with LD’s blue note recordings.

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