294

Lou Donaldson Quartet: Live On The QE 2

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Lou Donaldson Quartet: Live On The QE 2

You can generally count on time-honored alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson for an effervescent brew consisting of peppery soul grooves and bop-ish swing, which is prominently evident on his latest release recorded for the folks aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2 cruise ship.



Live On The QE2 features the saxophonist along with jazz heavyweights such as Hammond B-3 master, Dr. Lonnie Smith, guitarist Randy Johnston and drummer Danny Burger as trumpeter Nicholas Payton joins the band on the Gershwin-Duke classic, “I Can’t Get Started With You.” A hearty mix of standards and originals, Donaldson exhibits a soft touch amid fleet-fingered lines on “Harlem Nocturne” while also jabbing and sparring with Johnston and Smith as the soloists effectively rework the primary theme via jarring solos, augmented by Burger’s straight-ahead swing pulse. Although the sonic characteristics tend to be a bit flat, the musicians compensate for less than optimum recording conditions with strong ensemble work and a seemingly carefree and altogether convivial demeanor. Hence, the festive surroundings of being on a luxury cruise ship are conveyed quite vividly throughout this charismatic affair.



Donaldson’s entertaining vocals on “Whiskey Drinkin’ Woman” and Bill Broonzy’s “It Was A Dream” pumps up the crowd while he displays his signature soul//bop style of attack on Charlie Parker’s “Now’s The Time.” All in all, the band’s breezy passages and–full steam ahead–approach sums it all up rather nicely.



Personnel: Lou Donaldson: alto saxophone, vocals; Dr. Lonnie Smith: Hammond B-3 organ; Randy Johnston: guitar; Danny Burger: drums; Nicholas Payton: trumpet.

| Record Label: Chiaroscuro Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Road to Forever CD/LP/Track Review Road to Forever
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Avenida Graham CD/LP/Track Review Avenida Graham
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 27, 2017
Read TAI Fest #1 (Vol.1&2) CD/LP/Track Review TAI Fest #1 (Vol.1&2)
by Nicola Negri
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Goat Man & The House of the Dead CD/LP/Track Review Goat Man & The House of the Dead
by Dave Wayne
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Backlog CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by James Nadal
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Acceptance CD/LP/Track Review Acceptance
by Tyran Grillo
Published: February 26, 2017
Read "Out On The Coast" CD/LP/Track Review Out On The Coast
by Joe Gatto
Published: January 17, 2017
Read "Unstatic" CD/LP/Track Review Unstatic
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: August 9, 2016
Read "Day By Day" CD/LP/Track Review Day By Day
by Rob Rosenblum
Published: January 16, 2017
Read "Hotel Cinema" CD/LP/Track Review Hotel Cinema
by Glenn Astarita
Published: August 3, 2016
Read "Jungle: Live At Okuden" CD/LP/Track Review Jungle: Live At Okuden
by John Sharpe
Published: November 17, 2016
Read "Swallowed by the New" CD/LP/Track Review Swallowed by the New
by Doug Collette
Published: November 5, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!