Lou Donaldson: Blues Walk


Blues Walk


Lou Donaldson (alto sax)


Blues Walk (Blue Note 46525)

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Lou Donaldson (alto sax), Ray Barretto (conga),

Herman Foster (piano), Peck Morrison (bass), Dave Bailey (drums)


Recorded: Hackensack, N.J., July 28, 1958


Rating: 85/100 (learn more)

Recorded when Lou Donaldson was still under the sway of Charlie Parker and before he embraced soul-jazz, the stark minor blues tune “Blues Walk” finds the altoist in a confident straight-ahead mode. Of particular interest are the four-bar exchanges between drummer Dave Bailey and conga player Ray Barretto, who appeared on numerous recordings for Blue Note and others during the period.

Reviewer: David Franklin

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