Lou Donaldson – Alligator Bogaloo (1967/2013) [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/192kHz]

Lou Donaldson – Alligator Bogaloo (1967/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 35:41 minutes | 1,23 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital booklet | © Blue Note Records

Alligator Bogaloo is Lou Donaldson’s 1967 Blue Note classic. Melvin Lastie, Sr., Lonnie Smith, George Benson and Leo Morris join Donaldson for this undeniable gem. The album is an exhilarating blend of hard bop with soulful jazz. It reached #3 on Billboard’s Top Jazz Albums and includes the massive hits “Alligator Bogaloo” and “Aw Shucks”.

Alligator Bogaloo is one example of Lou Donaldson’s successful combinations of hard bop and soul-jazz. Of the six tunes, three are Donaldson originals, including the title hit. The excellent band, consisting of Melvin Lastin, Sr. on cornet, George Benson on guitar, Lonnie Smith on organ, and Leo Morris on drums, mixes laid-back vamps beneath driving hard bop charts. As the ’60s turned into the ’70s, Donaldson began shaving off hard bop invention for a more radio-friendly and 45 rpm length, leaving soulful — yet monotonous — vamping. At that point, Donaldson’s material suffered from a lack of originality. That’s not the case on Alligator Bogaloo.

01 – Alligator Bogaloo
02 – One Cylinder
03 – The Thang (Edit)
04 – Aw Shucks
05 – Rev. Moses
06 – I Want A Little Girl

Lou Donaldson – alto sax
George Benson – guitar
Melvin Lastie, Sr. – cornet
Lonnie Smith – organ
Leo Morris – drums