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Lou Donaldson - Complete Albums Collection: 1959-1963 (4 CDS)

Lou Donaldson - Complete Albums Collection: 1959-1963 (4 CDS)

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With a rich, soulful, blues-tinted sound and a catalogue of work that boasts a plethora of highly-regarded albums in his roles as both bandleader and sideman, the alto saxophonist known to many as "Sweet Poppa Lou" Donaldson - so called because his tone became increasingly that way - remains one finest purveyors of his instrument to have performed in the jazz idiom. And while many of his contemporaries continued to work in bebop during the 1950s, Donaldson instead broke away from the pack and developed a more R&B-influenced style and adopted unusual instrumentation, including the use of congas and organ. Although Donaldson often worked as sideman to organist Jimmy Smith throughout this period, appearing on no fewer than seven of Smith's albums between 1957 and 1963, his main focus was working as leader. He kicked off 1959 on a high with LD + 3 (Blue Note), a collaboration with The Three Sounds, a trio consisting of pianist Gene Harris, Andrew Simpkins on bass, and drummer Bill Dowdy. As the years progressed, Donaldson moved further away from bop and incorporated more elements of R&B and soul jazz into his repertoire, a shift which became notably apparent on the release of Here 'Tis (Blue Note, 1961). Featuring the exceptional organ playing of Baby Face Willette, the album became a cornerstone for the soul jazz sub-genre, and remains one of Lou's most acclaimed albums of the early 1960s. Donaldson left Blue Note for the first time in 1963, and signed to Argo Records with whom he released Signifyin', an album which boasted appearances from trumpet player Tommy Turrentine and organist Big John Patton.

Disc: 1
1. Three Little Words
2. Smooth Groove
3. Just Friends
4. Blue Moon
5. Jump Up
6. Don'T Take Your Love From Me
7. Confirmation
8. Lou'S Blues
9. Be My Love
10. Idaho
11. The Nearness Of You
12. Mack The Knife
13. Crosstown Shuffle
14. Tangerine

Disc: 2
1. Blues For J.P.
2. The Man I Love
3. Politely
4. It'S You Or No One
5. The Truth
6. Goose Grease
7. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
8. A Foggy Day
9. Here 'Tis
10. Cool Blues
11. Watusi Jump
12. Walk Wid Me

Disc: 3
1. Gravy Train
2. South Of The Border
3. Polka Dots And Moonbeams
4. Avalon
5. Candy
6. Twist Time
7. Glory Of Love
8. Funky Mama
9. Love Walked In
10. Spaceman Twist
11. Sow Belly Blues
12. That'S All
13. Nice 'N Greasy

Disc: 4
1. Bad John
2. The Holy Ghost
3. Cherry
4. Caracas
5. Good Gracious
6. Don'T Worry 'Bout Me
7. Signifyin'
8. Time After Time
9. Si Si Safronia
10. Don'T Get Around Much Anymore
11. I Feel It In My Bones
12. Coppin' A Plea

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