Lou Donaldson: Blues Walk
Lou Donaldson (alto sax)
Blues Walk (Blue Note 46525)
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