Interview: Lou Donaldson (Part 3) - JazzWax

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June 23, 2010


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Ed Leimbacher

Ba-Lou Bolivar Ba-Lougaloos! A clean scene and steady blowing keeps the asthma in check and the checks coming in, for decades. Who knew that Lou was due so much true Blue Noteworthy cue? You, Marc, and the clued-in few. Nice one, too.

John Herr

Your readers may be glad to know that the seminal '52 Lou Donaldson hard bop sessions with Miles Davis are available not only as separate CD downloads under Ultimate Jazz Archive 31 but also as an affordable 20-track CD, Lou Donaldson: Complete 1952 Blue Note Sessions on the Spanish Jazz Factory label from CDNow (Amazon). In fact, the $6.85 + S&H is less than the total cost of the downloads at $0.99 each.

Moreen Murray

Great interview with Lou. I had the privilege of hearing him two years ago at the Rochester Jazz Fest and he sounded great - he had some phenomenal young Japanese musicians with him - including a great B3 player who I believe studied with Dr. Lonnie Smith - also at the fest that year.

Lou has a fun sense of humour as I chatted briefly with him at breakfast one morning - i seem to remember he had on a t-shirt that said something like "my other car is a bicycle"...thanks for the insight into his life.

Need to check more of his recordings out.

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