Play the Right Thing

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
As specifically indicated by the album's title, the title tune's bluesy cast, and Sweet Lou Donaldson's own determined liner notes, this CD aims to strike a blow for soul-jazz, a once-popular, then-maligned idiom newly returned from exile. That it does -- with no frills, no apologies, and an idiomatic supporting cast. For Donaldson, it was a return to the style that lit up inner-city jukeboxes for him in the 1960s, and though his alto sax lacks some of the majesty that he could summon forth, his bop-flavored technique remained in fine shape in his mid-sixties. It was also a reunion with Donaldson's occasional organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, who contributes plenty of ...
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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
As specifically indicated by the album's title, the title tune's bluesy cast, and Sweet Lou Donaldson's own determined liner notes, this CD aims to strike a blow for soul-jazz, a once-popular, then-maligned idiom newly returned from exile. That it does -- with no frills, no apologies, and an idiomatic supporting cast. For Donaldson, it was a return to the style that lit up inner-city jukeboxes for him in the 1960s, and though his alto sax lacks some of the majesty that he could summon forth, his bop-flavored technique remained in fine shape in his mid-sixties. It was also a reunion with Donaldson's occasional organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, who contributes plenty of understated savvy to his solos and bass pedal underpinning. Peter Bernstein is the crisp, tasteful guitarist and Bernard Purdie remains the genre's premier timekeeper, assisted by conguero Ralph Dorsey. Together, they work over a series of standards "Harlem Nocturne," "I Had the Craziest Dream", some vintage bop Charlie Parker's "Marmaduke", and a few Donaldson compositions. "Whiskey Drinkin' Woman," a humorous slow blues featuring Donaldson's high-pitched, good-natured vocals, became a popular feature of his stage act into the next century. With all of these ingredients in place, the CD achieves a comfortable level of competence without really grabbing hold of a groove and riding it the way Donaldson could in his Blue Note days. Also, the sound is a little dry.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/4/1991
  • Label: Milestone
  • UPC: 025218919029
  • Catalog Number: 9190

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Play the Right Thing (6:24)
  2. 2 Whiskey Drinkin' Woman (6:05)
  3. 3 Marmaduke (6:47)
  4. 4 Harlem Nocturne (5:50)
  5. 5 This Is Happiness (7:55)
  6. 6 I Had the Craziest Dream (6:24)
  7. 7 The Masquerade Is Over (4:15)
  8. 8 Footpattin' Time (6:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lou Donaldson Primary Artist, Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Peter Bernstein Guitar
Ralph Dorsey Conga
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Drums
Dr. Lonnie Smith Organ
Technical Credits
Tadd Dameron Composer
Malcolm Addey Engineer
Lou Donaldson Liner Notes
George Horn Engineer, Mastering
Bob Porter Producer, Contributor
Phil Carroll Art Direction
R. Rogers Composer
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