Bop alto sax player Lou Donaldson's big break came as a member of Art Blakey's Quintet, which appeared at Birdland in 1954. Largely influenced by the playing of Charlie Parker, Donaldson went on to develop his own sound by mixing elements of Blues and Funk into his playing. This two-for-one compact disc presents some of Donaldson's most memorable work recorded for Atlantic in the 1970s.
2 LPs on 1 CD: A DIFFERENT SCENE (1976)/COLOR AS A WAY OF LIFE.
Personnel includes: Lou Donaldson (alto saxophone); Jacqueline Copeland (vocals); Mike Goldberg (piano, string synthesizer); Ricky West (electric piano, Clavinet, Mellotron, string synthesizer); William Phipps (Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet); A.C. Drummer, Jr. (guitar); Jacob Hunter (bass guitar); Walter "Jo Jo" Garth, Jimmie Young (drums); Raphael A. Cruz (congas, percussion).
Originally released on Atlantic.
Personnel: Lou Donaldson (alto saxophone); Cissy Houston, Kenny Seymour, Eddie Jones , Jacqueline Copeland, Eunice Peterson, Audrinne Ferguson, Tony Baxter, Renelie Stafford (vocals); A.C. Drummer, Jr. (guitar); Elliot Rosoff, David Sackson, Louis Stone, Louis Haber, Irving Spice (violin); Joe Ferguson (flute, tenor saxophone); Seldon Powell (flute, baritone saxophone); Paul G. Bogosian (trumpet, flugelhorn); Ernie Royal, Laurence Etkin (trumpet); John Drew Kelly (trombone, bass trombone); Ricky West (piano, Clavinet, Mellotron); William Phipps (Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet); Jacob Hunter (bass guitar); Jimmie Young, Walter Jojo Garth (drums); Raphael Cruz (congas, percussion).
Audio Remasterer: Jimmy Douglass.
Liner Note Author: Mort Fega.
Recording information: Groove Sound (Music Farm) Studio, New York, NY.
Photographer: Dennis Chalkin.
Arrangers: Dennis Williams; Ricky West.
This two-fer from Collectables features a pair of out of print Lou Donaldson LPs: Different Scene and Color as a Way of Life, originally issued on Cotillion Records in 1976 and 1977, respectively. These 16 tracks feature a combination of smooth jazz and soul-jazz on "Ebb Tide," "Night and Day," and Minnie Ripperton's "Loving You." This is mainly for fanatics; most casual listeners would be better served with one of Donaldson's classic Blue Note discs. ~ Al Campbell