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Gravy Train [Lou Donaldson] [724385335723]

  • 1. Gravy Train
    2. South of the Border
    3. Polka Dots and Moonbeams
    4. Avalon
    5. Candy
    6. Twist Time
    7. Glory of Love
    8. Gravy Train - (previously unreleased, alternate take, bonus track)
    9. Glory of Love - (previously unreleased, alternate take, bonus track)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 53357

  • Credits
    EngineerRudy VanGelder

    Personnel: Lou Donaldson (alto saxophone); Herman Foster (piano); Ben Tucker (bass); Dave Bailey (drums); Alec Dorsey (congas).
    Producer: Alfred Lion.
    Reissue producer: Michael Cuscuna.
    Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on April 27, 1961. Originally released on Blue Note (84079). Includes liner notes by Joe Goldberg.
    Alongside the forward thinking post bop released on Blue Note in the early 1960s was a strain of funkier, simpler, and more blues-based jazz exemplified by the likes of organist Jimmy Smith and saxophonist Lou Donaldson. Donaldson's 1961 effort, GRAVY TRAIN, re-released in 2007 complete with Rudy Van Gelder remastering, is a strong example of the style. Donaldson takes on standards ("Polka Dots and Moonbeams") as well as originals, but infuses everything with a deep, bluesy flavor. The conga-driven groove of the title cut, and the Latin-tinged "South of the Border" are standouts.

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