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Lou Takes Off


  • 1. Sputnik
    2. Dewey Square
    3. Strollin' In
    4. Groovin' High
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 15371

  • Credits
    ProducerAlfred Lion; Michael Cuscuna (Reissue)
    EngineerRudy VanGelder

    Personnel: Lou Donaldson (alto saxophone); Donald Byrd (trumpet); Curtis Fuller (trombone); Sonny Clark (piano); Art Taylor (drums, drum).
    Audio Remasterer: Rudy Van Gelder.
    Liner Note Author: Bob Blumenthal.
    Recording information: New York, NY (12/15/1957); Van Gelder Recording Studio, Hackensack, NJ (12/15/1957).
    Photographer: Francis Wolff.
    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.] ~ Lee Bloom

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