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Blues Walk (Remastered 2014)

Blues Walk (Remastered 2014)

10 May 2014
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  • Original Release Date: 10 May 2014
  • Release Date: 10 May 2014
  • Label: J. Joes J. Edizioni Musicali
  • Copyright: J. Joes J. Edizioni Musicali
  • Total Length: 33:54
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  • ASIN: B00JPO4KG2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 404,472 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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This album, is widely regarded as the finest of Lou Donaldson's career. The title track is a jazz classic, and Donaldson's signature tune. Autumn Nocturne, and The Masquerade Is Over give the altoist a chance to display his beautiful tone, and Move lets you hear him romping through a fast bebop tune from Miles Davis' Birth Of The Cool record. Among the players for this quintet session is the obscure Herman Foster on piano. He has an interesting approach, which sometimes seems to borrow a few of the mannerisms of jazz organists. Ray Barretto plays conga which helps the blues numbers groove along nicely and links this album with another classic with a similar mood; Gene Ammons' Boss Tenor.
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By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Jun. 2015
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This 1958 album continued to mark the transition of Donaldson’s alto playing further away from Charlie Parker’s bebop influence into a sparser, more restrained blues and soul sound and Blues Walk is widely regarded as one of the altoist’s finest solo efforts. And, although his quintet here is uniformly impressive, featuring (in particular) blind pianist Herman Foster and conga player Ray Barretto, it is Donaldson’s playing that dominates proceedings.

Of the six numbers, Donaldson penned three – including two outstanding blues in the album title tune (and Donaldson’s signature tune), which pulsates to a mesmeric theme, Barretto’s congas, Peck Morrison’s bass and Dave Bailey’s drums, and Play Ray, not quite as infectious as Blues Walk, but featuring some nice chording from Foster and walking bass from Morrison. It’s a mark of the album’s quality that Donaldson’s own closer Callin’ All Cats, whilst cooking along very happily, is for me probably the album’s weakest point.

Elsewhere, Donaldson has chosen three outstanding covers – Denzil Best’s superlative Move (perhaps most recognisable from Miles Davis’ The Birth Of The Cool), on which Donaldson displays great virtuosity and Barretto solos impressively. The band leader also manages to transform Herb Magidson and Allie Wrubel’s ballad The Masquerade Is Over into a real swinger on which, after a nicely lyrical solo from Foster, Donaldson again excels with his dexterity. Finally, to Josef Myrow’s Autumn Nocturne – the only number presented as a straight ballad here and it is a truly beautiful rendition.

Highly recommended.
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This album from 1958 is a real stonker! Post bebop alto playing to rival Cannonball Adderley who was probably the master. Donaldson had pedigree because he was an early member of the Art Blakey quintet (that eventually evolved into the Jazz Messengers, so Donalson is in effect a member of that distinguished brotherhood "the Messengers") his command of his instrument is first class and he plays with enormous facitity and confidence. His tone is a little on the shrill side compared with some exponents for whom it is sometimes difficult to distinguish between the alto and tenor.
There are six great tracks on this album. Donaldson is the only "front line" musician, the support being little known blind pianist Herman Foster (I don't know of any other recordings) who plays extremely well, bassist "Peck" Morrison, ex- Gerry Mulligan drummer, Dave Bailey and percussionist Ray Barretto who adds a slightly Latin feel (and has a showcase track "Play Ray")
Thoroughly recommended
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Brilliant
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