Lush Life [Bonus Track]

Lush Life [Bonus Track]

by Lou Donaldson


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After brief sojourns at Argo and Cadet, Lou Donaldson marked his 1967 return by recording Lush Life, the grandest project he ever attempted. With its plush arrangements and unabashedly pretty melodies, Lush Life stands in stark contrast to everything else he cut in the '60s. There are no blues, no stabs at soul-jazz grooves, no hard bop -- only sweet, sensitive renditions of romantic standards. Donaldson shone on ballads before, but it's nevertheless surprising how successful he is on this set of slow love songs. His tone is full and elegant -- it's easy to get lost in his rich readings of these familiar melodies, as well as his slyly seductive improvisations. Of course, it helps that his instrumental backdrops are as lovely as those his nine-piece backing band provide. Nonets are unwieldy, to be certain, but Duke Pearson's arrangements are clean, sparkling, and attractive, and the superstar band -- Wayne Shorter (tenor sax), Jerry Dodgion (alto sax, flute), Pepper Adams (bari sax), Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Garnett Brown (trombone), McCoy Tyner (piano), Ron Carter (bass), Al Harewood (drums) -- knows enough to provide sympathetic support and not steal the show. When they do take solos, it enhances Donaldson's original statements, and helps make Lush Life the singularly enchanting record it is.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/06/2007
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0094637421420
catalogNumber: 74214

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lou Donaldson   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone
Pepper Adams   Baritone Saxophone
Ron Carter   Acoustic Bass
Wayne Shorter   Tenor Saxophone
Harewood   Drums
McCoy Tyner   Piano
Garnett Brown   Trombone
Freddie Hubbard   Trumpet
Jerry Dodgion   Flute,Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Lucky Millinder   Composer
Duke Pearson   Arranger
Sacha Distel   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Gus Arnheim   Composer
Michael Cuscuna   Reissue Producer
Ira Gitler   Liner Notes
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Alfred Lion   Producer
J. Neiburg   Composer
Bob Blumenthal   Liner Notes
Bill Carey   Composer
Carl Fischer   Composer
Reid Miles   Cover Photo
Henri Woode   Composer
Irving Gordon   Composer
Jules LeMare (Chas. N. Daniels)   Composer
Peter Tinturin   Composer
Harry Tobias   Composer
Jean Broussole   Composer
Amanda Wray   Reissue Design

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