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Lou Donaldson: Pretty Things

Album Notes

Personnel: Lou Donaldson (alto saxophone); Blue Mitchell (trumpet); Leon Spencer Jr., Lonnie Smith (organ); Ted Dunbar, Melvin Sparks (guitar); Jimmy Lewis (bass); Idris Muhammad (drums).

Includes liner notes by Bill Johnson.

Lou Donaldson has recorded many strong sessions throughout his career but this CD reissue brings back one of the less-significant ones. Organist Leon Spencer dominates the ensembles, the material is a bit trivial and the altoist/leader uses a baritone sax on some of the selections which makes him sound much less individual than usual. Trumpeter Blue Mitchell's solos and a fine closing jam on "Love" help upgrade the music a bit but there are many better Donaldson recordings to acquire first. ~ Scott Yanow


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