Lou Donaldson (featuring Blue Mitchell): Midnight Creeper
Lou Donaldson (alto sax)
Midnight Creeper (Blue Note 9519)
Leo Morris (drums).
Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, March 15, 1968
Rating: 82/100 (learn more)
The partnership between trumpeter Blue Mitchell and alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson is one of the more undervalued in jazz history. The pair made a string of solid, funky soul-jazz recordings in the late 1960s, and none is finer than Midnight Creeper. Their focus was less on the pyrotechnical fireworks that dominated the previous 20 years of recorded jazz and more on bringing their music back to its roots—the blues. Mitchell plays with trademark consistency and control on the title track, patiently constructing his solo through motivic development with a laid-back sense of soulful swing.
Reviewer: Matt Leskovic