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Lou Donaldson Quartet: Live On The QE 2

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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


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