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Lou Takes Off
Lou Donaldson
Lou Takes Off
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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All Artists: Lou Donaldson
Title: Lou Takes Off
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Blue Note Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/2008
Re-Release Date: 9/2/2008
Album Type: Original recording remastered
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Style: Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1


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Great sextet
Gazzelloni | Cincinnati, OH USA | 06/11/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This was Lou's third album for Blue Note in 1957, the other two being Wailing With Lou and Swing and Soul. A great hard bop outing with a bit of straight bebop that comes highly recommended.

Lou Donaldson (alto sax)
Donald Byrd (trumpet)
Curtis Fuller (trombone)
Sonny Clark (piano)
George Joyner (bass)
Art Taylor (drums)"
Swingin' Set
Keegan R. Lerch | Bethlehem, PA | 07/05/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I'm so glad this album is finally available on CD! I recently discovered Lou Donaldson, and I'm so very glad I did. This album is a fast-paced session that really cooks, and with only 4 songs, there is plenty of time for inspired solos from all of the players involved.

The horn section is made up of Donaldson on alto sax, Donald Byrd on trumpet, and Curtis Fuller on trombone. The rhythm section: Sonny Clark on piano, Jamil Nasser on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. This is an excellent line up, and all of the players are in fine form throughout. Donaldson shows the influence of Charlie Parker (what sax player doesn't?) combined with Johnny Hodges and Benny Carter. Donaldson's solos are often blazingly fast and very enjoyable to listen to (and he even sneaks a couple of Bird's licks in). Donald Byrd, as always, is a remarkable side-man ready to add some inpsired and bluesy playing. Curtis Fuller is also on top of his game on this session, and has some particularly inspired solos. The rhythm section is a tight unit that keeps the fire going under the other members.

The album starts (takes?) off with a Donaldson original "Sputnik," which is a fast & lively Bop tune based loosely on "What is this thing called love?" All of the solos are drenched in Bebop roots and the Bird and Diz influence shine through even the bluesiest solo, and special props to the rhythm section for keeping this song cook for 10 minutes. "Dewey Square" is a Charlie Parker tune which features Art Taylor a little more. "Strollin' In" is a more laid-back, bluesy song, featuring more relaxed solos. "Groovin' High," a Dizzy Gillespie song, features some more memorable solos, especially from Donaldson and Clark.

This is a great album, and I urge you to listen. This is an example of a post-Parker alto sax player following in his steps, backed up by stellar group of musicians. Hard Bop at its near-best!"