Lou Donaldson The Artist Selects
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- Released: September 26, 2005
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Blue Note Records
- 1.Cheek To Cheek
- 3.Lou's Blues
- 5.Herman's Mambo
- 6.Blues Walk
- 7.Masquerade Is Over
- 8.Funky Mama
- 10.What Will I Tell My Heart
- 11.Alligator Boogaloo
Personnel: Lou Donaldson (alto saxophone); Lou Donaldson (vocals); Garnett Brown (guitar, trombone); Grant Green (guitar); Freddie Hubbard (trumpet, piano); Tommy Turrentine (trumpet); Big John Patton, Lonnie Liston Smith, Dr. Lonnie Smith (organ); Curly Russell, Gene Ramey, Peck Morrison, Percy Heath (bass guitar); Art Blakey, Ben Dixon (drums); George Benson , Jimmy Ponder (guitar); Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone); Pepper Adams (baritone saxophone); Clifford Brown , Blue Mitchell, Melvin Lastie (trumpet); Elmo Hope, Herman Foster, Horace Silver, McCoy Tyner (piano); Charles Earland (organ); Dave Bailey , Idris Muhammad, Al Harewood, Philly Joe Jones, Art Taylor (drums); Ray Barretto (congas); Duke Pearson.
Liner Note Authors: Lou Donaldson; Richard Seidel.
Recording information: Birdland, New York, NY (06/20/1952-11/06/1968); Van Gelder Studios, Hackensack, NJ (06/20/1952-11/06/1968); WOR STudios, New York, NY (06/20/1952-11/06/1968).
Unknown Contributor Role: Clifford Brown Quartet .
Arranger: Duke Pearson.
As the title implies, this 2005 Blue Note collection features a set of Lou Donaldson-led songs selected by the artist himself. The resulting compilation spans much of Donaldson's tenure for the label, ranging from an upbeat 1952 take on Irving Berlin's breezy standard "Cheek to Cheek" to a groove-laden '68 rendition of Duke Ellington's "Caravan." In between are many of Donaldson's best originals, including "The Blues Walk," a slinky tune that showcases the saxophonist's deft, smooth playing, and "Caracas," a song that boasts tasteful solos from guitarist Grant Green and charmingly minimal percussion by Ben Dixon. A concise overview of Donaldson's '50s and '60s work, this disc can't be beat.
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