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The Natural Soul

The Natural Soul

25 Dec 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review

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  • Original Release Date: 25 Dec. 2012
  • Release Date: 25 Dec. 2012
  • Label: Hallmark
  • Total Length: 41:20
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 403,063 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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I doubt if there can be as many albums with such a captivating groove on it's opening track. Organist "Big John" Patton's starts proceedings with one of the heaviest and funkiest grooves ever before letting guitarist Grant Green lay out several delicious choruses, the organ purring menacingly underneath all the time. Throughout, the drums plough a straight and solid path that hold everything together nicely.
Amongst the impressive back catalogue of Blue Notes' classic modern jazz albums, there is a substantial body of records such as this where the label successfully exploited the 1960's vogue for "Soul Jazz." This album, by one such practicioner, alto player Lou Donaldson, is typical of the genre with it's focus on the blues and obligatory organ and guitar in the line-up. Whilst not in the same class as your Herbies or Freddie Hubbard's, there is something hugely enjoyable about these discs and if the front line of Donaldson and Tommy Turrentine may lack the lustre of some of the other line-ups on Blue Note, they do all that is required of them. Green is a standout for this reviwer. As per usual, the material is supplemented by a handful of standards including a grooving "Love walked in" and the ballad "Thats all." Some of the arrangements for the horns seem to owe an influence to the Count Basie band of the day, particularly the aforementioned. Everything is underpinned by the reliable and uncluttered drumming of Ben Dixon.
All in all, this is very agreeable even if the combination of the leader's Charlie Parker- influenced alto sits somewhat at odds with the rest of the proceedings. Nothing else matches the crunching funk of the opening track though.
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