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Lou Donaldson – Alligator Bogaloo (1967/2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Lou Donaldson – Alligator Bogaloo (1967/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 35:41 minutes | 1,23 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital booklet | © Blue Note Records

Alligator Bogaloo is Lou Donaldson’s 1967 Blue Note classic. Melvin Lastie, Sr., Lonnie Smith, George Benson and Leo Morris join Donaldson for this undeniable gem. The album is an exhilarating blend of hard bop with soulful jazz. It reached #3 on Billboard’s Top Jazz Albums and includes the massive hits “Alligator Bogaloo” and “Aw Shucks”.

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Lou Donaldson – Lou Takes Off (1957) [DAD Reissue 2001] [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Lou Donaldson – Lou Takes Off (1957) [DAD Reissue 2001]
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 38:36 minutes | 906 MB | Genre: Jazz
DAD to Hi-Res FLAC – Source: Classic Records’ DAD 1026 | No Artwork

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.

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Lou Donaldson – Swing And Soul (1957/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Lou Donaldson – Swing And Soul (1957/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192kHz | Time – 00:37:31 minutes | 1,61 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | © Blue Note Records
Recorded: June 9, 1957 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ.

One of the many alto players deemed a Charlie Parker descendant; Donaldson did indeed help carry the torch from the post-bop era but gradually infused more blues and eventually what was to become soul-jazz into his playing. This June 1957 session, cut in Hackensack, was a distinct departure from his previous dates for Blue Note. Pianist Herman Foster and conga player Ray Barretto, both of whom he would utilize on future recordings, are joined by the tasteful drummer Dave Bailey and bassist Peck Morrison to complete the quintet.

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Lou Donaldson – The Time Is Right (1959) [APO Remaster 2011] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Lou Donaldson – The Time Is Right (1959) [APO Remaster 2011]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 36:58 minutes | Scans included | 1,5 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 706 MB

A soul survivor in every sense of the term, this alto saxophonist is 1 of the few remaining jazz artists who made a major impact on the jazz community via an extensive run with producer Alfred Lion & the Blue Note label (Horace Silver being another Blue Note legend that comes to mind). From his 1st recordings for the label with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, it was clear that Lou Donaldson put melody & sound at a premium, coming up with an amalgam that combined the creamy smoothness of Johnny Hodges with the quicksilver bop inflections of Charlie Parker.

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Lou Donaldson – Sunny Side Up (1960/2011) [DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz]

Lou Donaldson – Sunny Side Up (1960/2011)
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz  | Time – 00:44:50 minutes | 1,77 GB | Genre: Jazz
Source: ISO SACD | © Blue Note Records
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on February 5 (tracks 3 & 6-8) and February 28 (tracks 1-2 & 4-5), 1960.

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson recorded primarily either with his own quartet featuring pianist Herman Foster, or with organ trios. Occasionally, he’d change things up as he did on this 1960 session that was strictly a hard bop affair. Foster didn’t take part in this recording; Horace Parlan replaced him at the piano and has been singled out by critics for his breathtaking performance. There’s still plenty of funk in evidence on Goose Grease, but Hardman’s Politely, Softly As In A Morning Sunrise and The Man I Love find Donaldson digging deep into his bop roots. In addition to Donaldson and Parlan, the rest of the quintet on this album includes Bill Hardman on trumpet, Laymon Jackson and Sam Jones splitting bass duties and Al Harewood on drums.

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Lou Donaldson – Blues Walk (1958) [APO Remaster 2010] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Lou Donaldson – Blues Walk (1958) [APO Remaster 2010]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 34:12 minutes | Scans included | 1,38 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 653 MB

Lou Donaldson’s undisputed masterpiece, Blues Walk, marks the point where the altoist began to decisively modify his heavy Charlie Parker influence and add a smoky, bluesy flavor of his own. The material is still firmly in the bebop vein, and the mellower moments aren’t as sleepy as some of Donaldson’s subsequent work, so the album sounds vital and distinctive even as it slows down and loosens things up. That makes it the definitive release in Donaldson’s early, pre-soul-jazz period, but what elevates Blues Walk to classic status is its inviting warmth. Donaldson’s sweetly singing horn is ingratiating and melodic throughout the six selections, making even his most advanced ideas sound utterly good-natured and accessible. The easy-swinging title cut is a classic, arguably Donaldson’s signature tune even above his late-’60s soul-jazz hits, and his other two originals — “Play Ray” and “Callin’ All Cats” — are in largely the same vein. Elsewhere, Donaldson displays opposite extremes of his sound; the up-tempo bebop classic “Move” provokes his fieriest playing on the record, and his romantic version of “Autumn Nocturne” is simply lovely, a precursor to Lush Life. The addition of Ray Barretto on conga is a subtle masterstroke, adding just a bit more rhythmic heft to the relaxed swing. There are numerous likable records in Donaldson’s extensive catalog, but Blues Walk is the best of them all.

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Lou Donaldson Quintet – Wailing With Lou (1957/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Lou Donaldson Quintet – Wailing With Lou (1957/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192kHz | Time – 00:37:11 minutes | 1,42 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | © Blue Note Records
Recorded: January 27, 1957 at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey

Wailing With Lou is an appropriate title for this enjoyable set of straight-ahead bop. Whether he’s riding the propulsive rhythms of “Caravan” or settling down into a ballad, Donaldson takes the center stage with his surprisingly full alto tone. He still displays a clear Charlie Parker influence, but he is beginning to break free and develop his own style. In particular, he relies on bluesy runs more than Bird, which give his music a soulful edge. But what makes Wailing With Lou so enjoyable is the hot interplay between Donaldson, trumpeter Donald Byrd, pianist Herman Foster, bassist Peck Morrison and drummer Art Taylor. All five musicians give enthusiastic, infectious performances. There’s nothing out of the ordinary here — just hard-driving bop and sensitive ballads, which are sure to please fans of the style. –Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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Lou Donaldson – Sunny Side Up (1960/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Lou Donaldson – Sunny Side Up (1960/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 38:35 minutes | 1,69 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover | Source: HDTracks | © Blue Note Records

Sunny Side Up was recorded by Lou Donaldson on February 5 & 28, 1960 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewod Cliffs, New Jersey. Produced by Alfred Lion, the album has been described as “closer to hard bop than the straight-ahead bop that characterized Lou Donaldson’s ’50s Blue Note records” (Stephen Thomas Erlewine).

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Lou Donaldson – Lush Life (1967/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Lou Donaldson – Lush Life (1967/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 35:14 minutes | 1,34 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover | Source: HDTracks | © Blue Note Records

Lush Life was originally recorded in 1967 but was not released until 1980, due to the success of Donaldson’s album Alligator Bogaloo (also recorded in 1967). Featuring musicians such as Freddie Hubbard, Garnett Brown, Jerry Dodgion, Wayne Shorter, Pepper Adams, McCoy Tyner, Ron Carter and Al Harewood, the album was very well-received when it finally was released.

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Lou Donaldson – Light-Foot (1959/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Lou Donaldson – Light-Foot (1959/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 40:20 minutes | 1,76 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover | Source: HDTracks | © Blue Note Records

Jazz saxophonist Lou Donaldon’s 1959 Blue Note release. Light-Foot is his seventh studio album recording as a leader, the album features his Quintet comprised of Herman Foster, Peck Morrison, Jimmy Wormsworth and Ray Barretto. The record features some original compositions by Donaldson along with titles by Ray Charles, Herman Foster and other jazz composers.

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