Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for 1,000 backers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

318

Lou Donaldson: Lush Life

Hrayr Attarian By

Sign in to view read count


Artists sometimes step out of character and produce a work that's not in the style for which they have come to be associated. The results are often intriguing if not always successful, and are a testament to their versatility. Such is the case with altoist Lou Donaldson's Lush Life, reissued after being given the RVG treatment by Blue Note Records. Originally recorded in 1967 but not issued until 1980, Lush Life is a collection of ballads played by a six-horn front line and rhythm section.



The pieces are all standards arranged by pianist Duke Pearson. The group, a veritable who's who of jazz giants, is led by Donaldson who, at the time, was popular for his bluesy soul-jazz recordings with loose backing of an organ-based rhythm section. The music here is very tightly arranged, and although Donaldson takes the majority of solos there are others whose horns punctuate the beautiful music with their poignant notes.



Donaldson plays the ballads with the same extreme facility and creativity that he has displayed on his other hard-bop and soul-jazz recordings. There is, however, a certain monotony in the extreme similarity that the tracks bear to each other and, in the end, a few become indistinguishable from one another. This is not to say that the work in any way becomes of lesser quality as one continues to listen to the record, but only that the emphasis is on maintaining a certain mood rather than variety.



The reissue does not provide any alternate takes or previously unissued tracks, but it does provide enhanced and pristine sound quality. This is an enjoyable record that, although a tad monotonous, stands as proof that Donaldson is not a saxophonist who can be pigeonholed into one genre or another, but is a versatile and creative musician.


Track Listing: Sweet Slumber; You've Changed; The Good Life; Star Dust; What Will I Tell My Heart; It Might As Well Be Spring; Sweet And Lovely.

Personnel: Lou Donaldson: alto saxophone; Jerry Dodgion: flute, alto saxophone; Wayne Shorter: tenor saxophone; Pepper Adams: baritone saxophone; Freddie Hubbard: trumpet; Garnett Brown: trombone; McCoy Tyner: piano; Ron Carter: bass; Al Harewood: drums.

Title: Lush Life | Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Blue Note Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Bricks CD/LP/Track Review Bricks
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 17, 2017
Read Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns CD/LP/Track Review Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 16, 2017
Read Song of No Regrets CD/LP/Track Review Song of No Regrets
by Jack Bowers
Published: December 16, 2017
Read Sounding Tears CD/LP/Track Review Sounding Tears
by John Sharpe
Published: December 16, 2017
Read Lighthouse CD/LP/Track Review Lighthouse
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 16, 2017
Read Kill The Boy CD/LP/Track Review Kill The Boy
by Chris Mosey
Published: December 16, 2017
Read "Jondo" CD/LP/Track Review Jondo
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 21, 2017
Read "Zea" CD/LP/Track Review Zea
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 22, 2017
Read "Anybody's Spring" CD/LP/Track Review Anybody's Spring
by Geannine Reid
Published: April 2, 2017
Read "Estonian Suite: Live In Tallinn" CD/LP/Track Review Estonian Suite: Live In Tallinn
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: November 18, 2017
Read "Recorded Live in Lafayette" CD/LP/Track Review Recorded Live in Lafayette
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: July 8, 2017
Read "Happy Juice" CD/LP/Track Review Happy Juice
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: July 4, 2017

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!