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1. Sputnik
2. Dewey Square
3. Strollin' In
4. Groovin' High

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  • Audio CD (September 2, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B001CAT7AQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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He's great with those hard bop funk tunes and just at ease with warm ballads.
Joseph Jones
Hopefully with this reissue, Lou's profile will take off with a new generation of jazz fan, and we'll get to see more of his classic albums on CD for the first time.
Michael Brad Richman
This is an excellent line up, and all of the players are in fine form throughout.
Keegan R. Lerch

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brad Richman HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 5, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Available previously only as an expensive import or as part of a limited edition Mosaic Records box set, alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson's "Lou Takes Off" has finally launched in the States as a new RVG title. Many of Lou's 60s soul jazz and funky boogaloo albums have been readily available for some time, but I have always prefered to hear him in a late 50s hard bop jam session like this one. Recorded on December 15, 1957, "Lou Takes Off" features Donald Byrd on trumpet, Curtis Fuller on trombone, Sonny Clark on piano, George Joyner on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. The album features two original extended compositions by LD -- "Sputnik" and "Strollin' In" -- and shorter accounts of Charlie Parker's "Dewey Square" and Dizzy Gillespie's "Groovin' High." Along with the still out-of-print "Wailing With Lou" (where he is also paired with Byrd), this is my favorite Donaldson Blue Note. Hopefully with this reissue, Lou's profile will take off with a new generation of jazz fan, and we'll get to see more of his classic albums on CD for the first time.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gazzelloni on June 10, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This was Lou's third album for Blue Note in 1957, the other two being Wailing With Lou and Swing and Soul. A great hard bop outing with a bit of straight bebop that comes highly recommended.

Lou Donaldson (alto sax)
Donald Byrd (trumpet)
Curtis Fuller (trombone)
Sonny Clark (piano)
George Joyner (bass)
Art Taylor (drums)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Keegan R. Lerch on July 5, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I'm so glad this album is finally available on CD! I recently discovered Lou Donaldson, and I'm so very glad I did. This album is a fast-paced session that really cooks, and with only 4 songs, there is plenty of time for inspired solos from all of the players involved.

The horn section is made up of Donaldson on alto sax, Donald Byrd on trumpet, and Curtis Fuller on trombone. The rhythm section: Sonny Clark on piano, Jamil Nasser on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. This is an excellent line up, and all of the players are in fine form throughout. Donaldson shows the influence of Charlie Parker (what sax player doesn't?) combined with Johnny Hodges and Benny Carter. Donaldson's solos are often blazingly fast and very enjoyable to listen to (and he even sneaks a couple of Bird's licks in). Donald Byrd, as always, is a remarkable side-man ready to add some inpsired and bluesy playing. Curtis Fuller is also on top of his game on this session, and has some particularly inspired solos. The rhythm section is a tight unit that keeps the fire going under the other members.

The album starts (takes?) off with a Donaldson original "Sputnik," which is a fast & lively Bop tune based loosely on "What is this thing called love?" All of the solos are drenched in Bebop roots and the Bird and Diz influence shine through even the bluesiest solo, and special props to the rhythm section for keeping this song cook for 10 minutes. "Dewey Square" is a Charlie Parker tune which features Art Taylor a little more. "Strollin' In" is a more laid-back, bluesy song, featuring more relaxed solos. "Groovin' High," a Dizzy Gillespie song, features some more memorable solos, especially from Donaldson and Clark.

This is a great album, and I urge you to listen. This is an example of a post-Parker alto sax player following in his steps, backed up by stellar group of musicians. Hard Bop at its near-best!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eddie Landsberg VINE VOICE on May 27, 2010
Format: DVD Audio
This is a great example of Lou Donaldson, when he was a young Charlie Parker school protege - - heading in a different direction than Jackie McClean, but like Jackie visa vis that era, still a hard core bopper.

The album is interesting for a wide number of reasons, aside from the cute, cool, hip, but humorous Sputnik, a 12 bar blues bop head that, demonstrating Lou's quintessential sense of humor also seems inspired a Russian folk song (and a very uptempo one at that.) - - After the head is played in unison, Lou blows his butt off, pure Bird style... George Joyer's bass cooks - - Art Taylor's piano is sufficiently off center (the smashy Monk feel is there) - - Art Taylor has both the Blakey school swing and Max Roach type accents... - - Though Lou is not known for his long solos, he has the floor for over two and a half delightful moments on this. - - Curtis Fuller, who like Pepper Adams managed to cook on an instrument not everyone can cook on then comes in with his sharp almost "trumpet like" lines... Byrd is also having a good day... (he is very bright, sharp and "on" for this session...) - - George Joyner even gets a taste... but he doesn't have to do anything more than keep the line swinging until Clark comes in... this time showing off chops that are somewhere between the linear schools of Powell and Peterson...

The tune is followed by Dewey Square... it swings and bops out like Bird's original, but in many ways has a bit more gut... and again, is a vehicle for the entire group (I'll skip the play by play.)

Next is a piece called Strollin' in which gives George Joyner a chorus to swing in with his sharp slappy sound... The tune is very groovy and swinging - - the tightness of the rhythm section can really be heard on this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keegan R. Lerch on July 5, 2009
Format: DVD Audio
I'm so glad this album is finally available on CD! I recently discovered Lou Donaldson, and I'm so very glad I did. This album is a fast-paced session that really cooks, and with only 4 songs, there is plenty of time for inspired solos from all of the players involved.

The horn section is made up of Donaldson on alto sax, Donald Byrd on trumpet, and Curtis Fuller on trombone. The rhythm section: Sonny Clark on piano, Jamil Nasser on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. This is an excellent line up, and all of the players are in fine form throughout. Donaldson shows the influence of Charlie Parker (what sax player doesn't?) combined with Johnny Hodges and Benny Carter. Donaldson's solos are often blazingly fast and very enjoyable to listen to (and he even sneaks a couple of Bird's licks in). Donald Byrd, as always, is a remarkable side-man ready to add some inpsired and bluesy playing. Curtis Fuller is also on top of his game on this session, and has some particularly inspired solos. The rhythm section is a tight unit that keeps the fire going under the other members.

The album starts (takes?) off with a Donaldson original "Sputnik," which is a fast & lively Bop tune based loosely on "What is this thing called love?" All of the solos are drenched in Bebop roots and the Bird and Diz influence shine through even the bluesiest solo, and special props to the rhythm section for keeping this song cook for 10 minutes. "Dewey Square" is a Charlie Parker tune which features Art Taylor a little more. "Strollin' In" is a more laid-back, bluesy song, featuring more relaxed solos. "Groovin' High," a Dizzy Gillespie song, features some more memorable solos, especially from Donaldson and Clark.

This is a great album, and I urge you to listen. This is an example of a post-Parker alto sax player following in his steps, backed up by stellar group of musicians. Hard Bop at its near-best!
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