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  • Blues Walk Blues Walk Quick View

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    Blues Walk

    Blue Note Reissue



    As much as I'd love to relay all kinds of anecdotes about the challenges Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray encounter during the mastering sessions, I witness none. These boys know the sound of the facility and the Van Gelder masters like the backs of their handsBack home a month later, I unpack some test pressings Chad Kassem has sent meI hear the most realistic-sounding drums ever reproduced by my system. It's as though I'm sitting at the point of creation, experiencing the same high that brought such gifted musicians together as one. Steve Hoffman, Kevin Gray, Chad Kassem, and Don MacInnis have done Rudy Van Gelder and his Blue Note artists proud. Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile, April 2008


    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 style, 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. What elevates Blues Walk to classic status is its inviting warmth. Donaldson's sweetly singing horn is melodic throughout the six selections, making even his most advanced ideas sound utterly good-natured and accessible. The easy-swinging title cut is 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.


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    Blues Walk
    Move
    The Masquerade Is Over
    Play Ray
    Autumn Nocturne
    Callin' All Cats
    Lou Donaldson
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    Here 'Tis

    Blue Note Reissue


    As much as I'd love to relay all kinds of anecdotes about the challenges Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray encounter during the mastering sessions, I witness none. These boys know the sound of the facility and the Van Gelder masters like the backs of their hands. Back home a month later, I unpack some test pressings Chad Kassem has sent me. I hear the most realistic-sounding drums ever reproduced by my system. It's as though I'm sitting at the point of creation, experiencing the same high that brought such gifted musicians together as one. Steve Hoffman, Kevin Gray, Chad Kassem, and Don MacInnis have done Rudy Van Gelder and his Blue Note artists proud. Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile, April 2008


    A dedicated disciple of Charlie Parker, alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson focused his energies on the bluesier aspects of his hero's playing and rendered it with a sweeter edge that fashioned him a viable career for decades. His work for Blue Note showed his impressive mastery of the bop style.


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    Here 'Tis
    Watusi Jump
    Walk With Me
    A Foggy Day
    Cool Blues
    Lou Donaldson
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    Sunny Side Up

    In the late fifties and early sixties, alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson recorded primarily with his own quartet with pianist Herman Foster or with organ trios. Occasionally, he'd break the mold as he did on this February, 1960 session that was strictly a hard bop affair which includes trumpeter Bill Hardman and pianist Horace Parlan. There's still plenty of funk in evidence as Goose Grease bears out, but Hardman's Politely, Softly As In A Morning Sunrise and The Man I Love find Lou digging deep into his bop roots.


    Lou Donaldson, trumpet, alto sax
    Bill Hardman, trumpet
    Al Harewood, drums
    Laymon Jackson, bass
    Sam Jones, bass
    Horace Parlan, piano


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    1. Blues for J.P.
    2. The Man I Love
    3. Polietly
    4. It's You or No One
    5. The Truth
    6. Goose Grease
    7. Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise
    Lou Donaldson
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    Bottom's Up

    Blue Note Reissue



    As much as I'd love to relay all kinds of anecdotes about the challenges Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray encounter during the mastering sessions, I witness none. These boys know the sound of the facility and the Van Gelder masters like the backs of their handsBack home a month later, I unpack some test pressings Chad Kassem has sent meI hear the most realistic-sounding drums ever reproduced by my system. It's as though I'm sitting at the point of creation, experiencing the same high that brought such gifted musicians together as one. Steve Hoffman, Kevin Gray, Chad Kassem, and Don MacInnis have done Rudy Van Gelder and his Blue Note artists proud. Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile, April 2008


    The Three Sounds were part of the trio explosion. Begun in 1956 in Benton Harbor, Michigan as the Four Sounds and consisting of Gene Harris on piano, Andrew Simpkins on bass and Bill Dowdy on drums (the saxophonist was dropped by the time the group moved to Washington, D.C. in 1957), the Sounds eventually migrated to New York City where they were discovered by Lou Donaldson. After a single record for Riverside with Nat Adderley, the Three Sounds signed an exclusive contract with Alfred Lion on Blue Note Records. Over the course of five years, the Sounds released nine LPs and appeared on albums by Lou Donaldson and Stanley Turrentine.


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    Besame Mucho
    Angel Eyes
    Time After Time
    Love Walked In
    I Could Write a Book
    Jinne Lou
    Nothing Ever Changes My Love for You
    Falling in Love With Love
    The 3 Sounds
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  • Art Blakey!!!!! Jazz Messengers!!!!! Art Blakey!!!!! Jazz Messengers!!!!! Quick View

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    Art Blakey!!!!! Jazz Messengers!!!!!

    Art Blakey discovered and championed young talented musicians such as Clifford Brown, Lou Donaldson, Keith Jarrett and Wynton Marsalis to name but a few. But he also delivered the message of hard bop through thousands of performances at festivals right down to the smallest club. Lively, joyous performances, the very highest technical standards and somnambulistic music-making characterize this recording. Right from the very start it is clear that these jazz ambassadors have a new message for us. The hard-beat recordings win in lyricism thanks to the gentle sound of Curtis Fuller's trombone, something that was often missing in the powerful Blue Note sound. Four jazz evergreens give the musicians the time and opportunity to display their soloistic talents. The real climax, however, is to be found in the harmonic layering of the three winds which lend the themes new appeal. The message was broadcasted many times until the death of Art Blakey, but the history of jazz would have been a great deal poorer without these milestone recordings on the Impulse label. Art Blakey certainly knew how to delight his audience with fire, originality, a wealth of ideas and great humor. All these attributes are applicable to the six titles on this album.


    Musicians:

    Lee Morgan (trumpet)

    Curtis Fuller (trombone)

    Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone)

    Robert H. "Bobby" Timmons (piano)

    Jymie Merritt (bass)

    Art Blakey (drums)


    Recording: June 1961 at Rudy van Gelder's Recording Studios, Englewood Cliffs, N.J., USA by Rudy van Gelder Production: Bob Thiele



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    1. À la Mode
    2. Invitation
    3. Circus
    4. You Don't Know What Love Is
    5. I Hear a Rhapsody
    6. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You
    Art Blakey
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • A Night At Birdland, Vol. 2 A Night At Birdland, Vol. 2 Quick View

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    A Night At Birdland, Vol. 2

    Part Of The Blue Note 75 Anniversary LP Reissue Campaign


    Originally released in 1954 this LP features Clifford Brown, Lou Donaldson & Horace Silver

    1. Wee Dot [Live At Birdland, New York/1954]

    2. If I Had You [Live At Birdland, New York/1954]
    3. Quicksilver [Live At Birdland, New York/1954]

    4. Now's The Time [Live At Birdland, New York/1954]

    5. Confirmation [Live At Birdland, New York/1954]
    Art Blakey
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  • A Night At Birdland, Vol. 1 A Night At Birdland, Vol. 1 Quick View

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    A Night At Birdland, Vol. 1

    Part Of The Blue Note 75 Anniversary LP Reissue Campaign


    A Night at Birdland Vol. 1 is a 1954 release by jazz artist Art Blakey, and a quintet which featured Clifford Brown, Lou Donaldson, Horace Silver and Curly Russell.

    1. Split Kick (with Announcement by Pee Wee Marquette)
    2. Once In A While
    3. Quicksilver
    4. A Night In Tunisia
    5. Mayreh
    Art Blakey
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  • Wizard Of The Vibes Wizard Of The Vibes Quick View

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    Wizard Of The Vibes

    Wizard of the Vibes was originally released in 1952 by premiere jazz vibraphonist, Milt "Bags" Jackson. The
    Thelonious Monk Quintet and The Modern Jazz Quartet plus Lou Donaldson are featured on this recording. Wizard of the Vibes will be reissued in its original 10" form as part of an overall Blue Note vinyl initiative spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was.
    1. Tahiti
    2. Lillie
    3. Criss Cross
    4. Willow Weep For Me
    5. What's New
    6. Bags' Groove
    7. On The Scene
    8. Eronel
    Milt Jackson
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  • The Time Is Right The Time Is Right Quick View

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    The Time Is Right

    A soul survivor in every sense of the term, this alto saxophonist is one of the few remaining jazz artists who made a major impact on the jazz community via an extensive run with producer Alfred Lion and the Blue Note label (Horace Silver being another Blue Note legend that comes to mind). From his first recordings for the label with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, it was clear that Lou Donaldson put melody and 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. All About Jazz


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    1. The Nearness Of You
    2. Mack the Knife
    3. Lou's Blues
    4. Be My Love
    5. Tangerine
    6. Crosstown Shuffle
    7. Idaho
    Lou Donaldson
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  • Lush Life Lush Life Quick View

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    Lush Life


    Reissued As Part Of The Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign


    Released in 1967, Lush Life by jazz saxophonist, Lou Donaldson, features a truly superstar jazz band. Considered an enchanting album, Lush Life
    includes performances by Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Garnett Brown on trombone, Jerry Dodgion on alto sax and flute, Wayne Shorter on tenor sax,
    Pepper Adams on baritone sax, McCoy Tyner on piano, Ron Carter on bass and Al Harewood on drums. Lush Life will be reissued as part of the overall
    Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was.

    1. Sweet Slumber
    2. You've Changed
    3. The Good Life
    4. Stardust
    5. What Will I Tell My Heart
    6. It Might As Well Be Spring

    7. Sweet And Lovely
    Lou Donaldson
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  • Along Came John Along Came John Quick View

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    Along Came John

    Blue Note Reissue


    As much as I'd love to relay all kinds of anecdotes about the challenges Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray encounter during the mastering sessions, I witness none. These boys know the sound of the facility and the Van Gelder masters like the backs of their handsBack home a month later, I unpack some test pressings Chad Kassem has sent meI hear the most realistic-sounding drums ever reproduced by my system. It's as though I'm sitting at the point of creation, experiencing the same high that brought such gifted musicians together as one. Steve Hoffman, Kevin Gray, Chad Kassem, and Don MacInnis have done Rudy Van Gelder and his Blue Note artists proud. Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile, April 2008


    John Patton, Grant Green and Ben Dixon were introduced to Blue Note by Lou Donaldson and quickly became the quintessential rhythm section for Blue Note's funkier session. They came together for this, John Patton's first album, with two of the label's tenor saxophonists Fred Jackson and Harold Vick. The double tenors and organ trio make an unbeatable combination for some soulful, swinging music. The title tune and The Silver Meter were radio hits that remain among the most popular of Patton's recorded performances.


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    The Silver Meter
    I'll Never Be Free
    Spiffy Diffy
    Along Came John
    Gee Gee
    Pig Foots
    John Patton
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  • Art Blakey!!!!! Jazz Messengers!!!!! Art Blakey!!!!! Jazz Messengers!!!!! Quick View

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    Art Blakey!!!!! Jazz Messengers!!!!!

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    Art Blakey discovered and championed young talented musicians such as Clifford Brown, Lou Donaldson, Keith Jarrett and Wynton Marsalis to name but a few. But he also delivered the message of hard bop through thousands of performances at festivals right down to the smallest club. Lively, joyous performances, the very highest technical standards and somnambulistic music-making characterize this recording. Right from the very start it is clear that these jazz ambassadors have a new message for us. The hard-beat recordings win in lyricism thanks to the gentle sound of Curtis Fuller's trombone, something that was often missing in the powerful Blue Note sound. Four jazz evergreens give the musicians the time and opportunity to display their soloistic talents. The real climax, however, is to be found in the harmonic layering of the three winds which lend the themes new appeal. The message was broadcasted many times until the death of Art Blakey, but the history of jazz would have been a great deal poorer without these milestone recordings on the Impulse label. Art Blakey certainly knew how to delight his audience with fire, originality, a wealth of ideas and great humor. All these attributes are applicable to the six titles on this album.


    Musicians:

    Lee Morgan (trumpet)

    Curtis Fuller (trombone)

    Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone)

    Robert H. "Bobby" Timmons (piano)

    Jymie Merritt (bass)

    Art Blakey (drums)


    Recording: June 1961 at Rudy van Gelder's Recording Studios, Englewood Cliffs, N.J., USA by Rudy van Gelder Production: Bob Thiele

    1. Alamode
    2. Invitation
    3. Circus
    4. You Don't Know What Love Is
    5. I Hear A Rhapsody
    6. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You
    Art Blakey
    $27.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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