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Lush Life [VINYL]

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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

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Lou Donaldson's "pretty side" 9 Oct. 2007
By Brian Schiff - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Lou Donaldson fans might have trouble understanding what he means about alto sax players neglecting "the pretty side"-but he explains in the notes that he believed that the emphasis was with "harmonic possibilities" rather than the "basic sound of the instrument."So,this cd begins with the deep lush sound of Pepper Adams baritone sax kicking off the real pretty Lucky Millender standard from the forties,'Sweet Surrender';yeah,I did.But it's tough to figure how this classic somehow slipped off the radar.It was titled-then shelved for 13 years and released in Japan as 'Sweet Slumber'.Blue Note was going through some changes and this was apparently a "lost session" that was thankfully recovered.
Duke Pearson,who can play some serious piano,here acts as arranger for this nonet-and a young McCoy Tyner fills in a piano, with Freddie Hubbard on trumpet,Garnett Brown on trombone,Ron Carter on bass,Al Harewood on drums,Jerry Dodgion on alto sax and flute and Wayne Shorter on tenor sax. No...'Lush Life' isn't on this cd,but 'The Good Life' is;no question,Lou Rawls would dig it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Lush Small-Group Arranging by Duke Pearson 26 Mar. 2011
By John M - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This session offers some solid ensemble playing and Duke Pearson's arranging is a perfect fit. The choice of tunes on this session is right down the middle; very inside and well-known oldies like "Sweet and Lovely," "You've Changed," and "It Might As Well Be Spring, " The ensemble backing Lou here and a few like it were used during this era to back various artists; notably a few powerful sessions fronted by Hank Mobley (A Slice of the Top) and Lee Morgan (The Procrastinator). It's a refreshing change from Lou Donaldson's usual organ groove fare. The sidemen are all A-listers, and it is amazing from the perspective of a few decades hence to think that there was a time when this concentration of talent was readily available to serve in a backup role.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Alto Sax Heaven! 17 July 2013
By Irvin J. Green - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The fact that this 1967 masterpiece of ballad playing is not more well known-is an oversight that those who were previously sleeping-can now wake up and discover this great piece of music from Papa Lou. Of course, history shows that a MAJOR reason is the fact that coming towards the end of the 60s, Blue Note started keeping some great albums sitting on the shelf(and as in the case of this gem, sometimes for decades...)like some of Donald Byrd's inventive explorations from this same time period, for example. Lush Life is just a fine example of Mr. Donaldson showing what a sweet singer he is on the alto sax(on this album-much like two of his soul brothers in arms-Earl Bostic & Hank Crawford). The irony of the perfect title of this recording is the fact that while Billy Strayhorn's immortal "Lush Life" is not among the seven ballads included, for the overall mood of this album there can be no better title for the music played here. From the opener "Sweet Slumber" to the closing track "Sweet Lovely", Papa Lou manages to make all seven versions of pop songs from an earlier era the DEFINITIVE versions(in my not so humble opinion..). I had this album on a Liberty Records/Applause re-issue on cassette years ago, but I'm really glad to finally have it on the disc format-as now I can after listening to it-hit the repeat button and prepare myself to go in dreamsville all over again. Although it must be said that on ANY of LD's many albums, he would include endless examples of his great ballad playing(from "Swing And Soul" that killer version of "There Will Never Be Another You" jumps to mind right now, for example). And in this year of 2013, when someone FINALLY decided to declare this great musician a NEA Jazz Master(at the tender age of almost 87 years young....thanks NEA)A big thank you from a listener to the one & only Mr. Lou Donaldson for 60 years of your brillant playing on the consistent tip.
Five Stars 15 Aug. 2014
By Richard Jasin - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A terrific album.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This album of ballads is not why I love Lou Donaldson's music 10 Aug. 2013
By Tough Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Most of the Lou Donaldson albums I own are filled with great funky soul-jazz. Not this one, which is all soft ballads. Lou plays them well, but I just do not like soft ballads at all. I highly recommend the following great albums by Lou Donaldson: Caracas; Everything I Play is Funky; Alligator Walk; Fried Buzzard; Good Gracious!; Gravy Train; Here 'Tis; The Natural Soul; Mister Shing-A-Ling; A Date With Jimmy Smith; Midnight Creeper; Man With A Horn; Possum Head; Signifyin' and many others....
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