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Lou's Blues

Lou Marini & the Magic City Jazz Orchestra , Ray Reach Audio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 24, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Chase Music
  • ASIN: B0001AP0BI
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,107 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Editorial Reviews

Fans of the Blues Brothers will recognize Lou Marini as "Blue Lou," the saxophonist who appears with the Blues Brothers in their movies and live performances. He joins forces here with The Magic City Jazz Orchestra (big band) led by pianist and co-producer Ray Reach in an electrifying program of original jazz compositions - most all of which were composed and arranged by Marini. Lou Marini was also a member of Blood, Sweat, and Tears, and also is a charter member of the Saturday Night Live Band. He currently tours with James Taylor as part of his music ensemble. This album is marks Lou's U.S. debut as a leader.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
It seems that the previous reviewer wrote a review about what he incorrectly assumed the CD in question should have sounded like instead of what it really is. This is not a Blues Brothers CD, nor is it an hour of saxophone solos. It is instead an adventurous, cleverly crafted, and consistently interesting collection of tunes that go through many different permutations of the jazz idiom. There's some progressive fusion, Latin, funk, straight-ahead swing, and even some country! The arrangements are brilliant and moving, and the performances are superlative. There is truly something for every jazz fan (with the possible exception of those expecting this to be the next Blues Brothers album). Anybody listening to this with an open mind is sure to enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A literal tour de force on a plastic disc!! December 25, 2005
Lou Marini Jr. has had a long and illustrious career as a jazz, pop and R&B(in the terminology of yesteryear)sax and flute player. Lou has won prestigious recording industry awards for his session playing, and his excellent chops can be heard in a truly varied and masterful discography. If there is a virtuoso on these instruments, a true maestro, Lou is it. The real deal.

That this music is amazing taken either tune by tune OR when considered as a whole is truly remarkable. I listen to it frequently. The album is compelling. A friend who is a former New York ballet and modern dancer and choreographer remarked that she tried to listen to it as she did household chores but was forced to quit moving about and sit down and actively listen to it. She said, "it makes you listen to it"! That is a powerful statement from someone whose life and work revolve so much around jazz music.

Perhaps the most interesting and esoteric part of this musical equation is the fact that here you have a high-dollar New York session musician who decided to come down to Birmingham, Alabama to record his very musically and technically demanding Big Band Jazz record. Lou has done time with North Texas State's One O'Clock Jazz Band, Blood, Sweat, and Tears, was a featured soloist with the band on the Saturday Night Live TV show for its' first eight years, was a member of the Blues Brothers Band, appeared in the movies, tours regularly with James Taylor, and I am betting he did not make the decisions about where and how to record this album in a vacuum.

The fact is that the total package, Dr.
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Misled and terribly disappointed July 21, 2004
I am a saxophonist and clarinetist who totally enjoyed the "Blue Lou Marini" solos on the Blues Brothers Albums for years. I will always be enthralled by his solos on Almost and Flip, Flop and Fly. I looked for an album that would feature and spotlight "Blue Lou". I thought an album entitled Lou's Blues would be a heavens sent. Instead, it was filled with amatuerish arrangements, and saxophone solos that only a mother could love. I would never have recognized that it was, in fact, Blue Lou. Horrible disappointment! Take my word for it, or, choose to listen to it and be appalled at the sub par product that was put out by Blue Lou.
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