Lou Donaldson – Light-Foot (1959/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 40:20 minutes | 1,76 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover | Source: HDTracks | © Blue Note Records
Jazz saxophonist Lou Donaldon’s 1959 Blue Note release. Light-Foot is his seventh studio album recording as a leader, the album features his Quintet comprised of Herman Foster, Peck Morrison, Jimmy Wormsworth and Ray Barretto. The record features some original compositions by Donaldson along with titles by Ray Charles, Herman Foster and other jazz composers.
In many ways, Blues Walk marked the culmination of Lou Donaldson’s prime period as a hard-driving, straight-ahead bop saxophonist. Until that point, he had been turning out intense, furious bop workouts — afterward, as its successor Light Foot shows, he began to slow down a bit. With Light Foot, Donaldson still was pretty firmly grounded in bop, but the tempos began to slow down, and his blues influence came to the forefront; furthermore, the bop tracks are hard bop, not straight bop, which tended to dominate his previous recordings. That diversity makes Light Foot an interesting listen, but the record suffers from slightly uneven material and performances. His quintet — featuring pianist Herman Foster, bassist Peck Morrison, drummer Jimmy Wormsworth, and conga player Ray Barretto — is usually up to the task at hand, but they tend to play conventionally. And, ultimately, that’s what Light Foot is — an entertaining but conventional release from an alto saxophonist capable of greatness.
01 – Light-Foot
02 – Hog Maw
03 – Mary Ann
04 – Green Eyes
05 – Walkin’ By The River
06 – Day Dreams
07 – Stella By Starlight
Producer: Alfred Lion. Recording engineer: Rudy Van Gelder.
Recorded December 14, 1958 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, NJ.
Lou Donaldson – alto saxophone
Herman Foster – piano
Peck Morrison – bass
Jimmy Wormsworth – drums
Ray Barretto – congas