Gravy Train [RVG Edition]

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Gravy Train is a fine, if not quite exceptional record from Lou Donaldson's initial soul-jazz phase of the early '60s. Actually, given the title and the period in which it was recorded, the album isn't quite as greasy and funky overall as one might expect; most of the repertoire is devoted to pop ballads and mid-tempo standards, the latter of which tends to bring out more of the bop elements in Donaldson's playing. That's not true for the entire album, though; the title cut is a laid-back, conga-tinged bluesy groover in the classic Donaldson mold, even if it's a bit workmanlike. Donaldson's longtime pianist, Herman Foster, is allotted quite a bit of solo space here, and he ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Gravy Train is a fine, if not quite exceptional record from Lou Donaldson's initial soul-jazz phase of the early '60s. Actually, given the title and the period in which it was recorded, the album isn't quite as greasy and funky overall as one might expect; most of the repertoire is devoted to pop ballads and mid-tempo standards, the latter of which tends to bring out more of the bop elements in Donaldson's playing. That's not true for the entire album, though; the title cut is a laid-back, conga-tinged bluesy groover in the classic Donaldson mold, even if it's a bit workmanlike. Donaldson's longtime pianist, Herman Foster, is allotted quite a bit of solo space here, and he concentrates more on thick, rippling chords than single-note lines. For his part, Donaldson's playing is pleasant, and the rest of the supporting group maintains a steady groove throughout. All of Donaldson's sessions from this period Here 'Tis, The Natural Soul, Good Gracious have enough worthwhile moments for devoted fans, and that's true of Gravy Train as well, though casual fans probably won't find it necessary enough to track down. [An RVG edition was released in 2007.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2007
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 094639277322
  • Catalog Number: 92773
  • Sales rank: 73,587

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gravy Train (8:14)
  2. 2 South of the Border (5:31)
  3. 3 Pola Dots and Moonbeams (4:59)
  4. 4 Avalon (4:15)
  5. 5 Candy (9:18)
  6. 6 Twist Time (6:47)
  7. 7 Glory of Love (4:04)
  8. 8 Gravy Train (7:30)
  9. 9 Glory of Love (3:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lou Donaldson Primary Artist, Alto Saxophone
Dave Bailey Drums
Herman Foster Piano
Ben Tucker Bass, Bass Guitar
Alec Dorsey Conga
Technical Credits
Michael Cuscuna Reissue Producer
Lou Donaldson Composer
Rudy Van Gelder Remastering
Joe Goldberg Original Liner Notes
Alfred Lion Producer, Audio Production
Francis Wolff Cover Photo, Session Photographer
Bob Blumenthal Liner Notes
Reid Miles Cover Design
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