Lou Takes Off

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All Music Guide - Lee Bloom
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lee Bloom
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. [An edition remastered by Rudy Van Gelder was issued in 2008.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/2/2008
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • EAN: 5099921537127
  • Catalog Number: 15371
  • Sales rank: 102,893

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sputnik (10:05)
  2. 2 Dewey Square (7:16)
  3. 3 Strollin' In (14:34)
  4. 4 Groovin' High (6:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lou Donaldson Primary Artist, Alto Saxophone
Sonny Clark Piano
Curtis Fuller Trombone
Art Taylor Drums
Jamil Nasser Bass
Donald Byrd Trumpet
George Joyner Bass
Technical Credits
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Michael Cuscuna Reissue Producer
Lou Donaldson Composer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer, Remastering
Alfred Lion Producer
Francis Wolff Cover Photo
Bob Blumenthal Liner Notes
Amanda Wray Reissue Design
Gordon H. Jee Reissue Director
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