Sunny Side Up Lou Donaldson

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Label: Blue Note Records

Genre: Jazz

Subgenre: Hard Bop

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  • 1Blues For J.P.05:38
  • 2The Man I Love05:13
  • 3Politely05:50
  • 4It's You Or No One03:56
  • 5The Truth05:19
  • 6Goose Grease06:06
  • 7Softly As In A Morning Sunrise06:33
  • Total Runtime38:35

Info for Sunny Side Up

Originally released in 1960, Lou Donaldson's „Sunny Side Up“ is a tasty serving of the standard Blue Note fare from the 1950s and `60s, which is to say it's a satisfying dose of swinging hard bop with a cool, soulful undercurrent. Donaldson's alto playing is in fine form, and he's joined by pianist Horace Parlan, trumpeter Bill Hardman, and a smoothly grooving rhythm section on a set of eight originals and covers. The vibe throughout is laid back, never hurried, even on the uptempo tunes, making for a sweet set of vintage Blue Note hard bop.

Lou Donaldson, alto saxophone
Bill Hardman, trumpet
Horace Parlan, piano
Sam Jones, bass
Laymon Jackson, bass
Al Harewood, drums

Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on February 5 (tracks 3-8) and February 28 (tacks 1 & 2), 1960
Engineered by Rudy Van Gelder
Produced by Alfred Lion

Digitally remastered

Lou Donaldson
Jazz critics agree that “Sweet Poppa Lou” Donaldson is one of the greatest alto saxophonists of all time. He began his career as a bandleader with Blue Note Records in 1952 and, already at age 25, he had found his sound, though it would continue to sweeten over the years -- earning him his famed nickname --“Sweet Poppa Lou.” He made a series of classic records for Blue Note in the 50’s, and takes pride in having showcased many musicians who made their first records as sidemen for him: Horace Silver, Clifford Brown, Grant Green, Blue Mitchell, Donald Byrd, Horace Parlan, and others. After also making some excellent recordings for Cadet and Argo Records in the early 60s, Lou’s return to Blue Note in 1967 was marked by one of his most famous recordings, Alligator Bogaloo. Lou was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters by North Carolina A & T University and a scholarship was established in his name that is awarded to the most gifted jazz musician at North Carolina A & T University each year. He was inducted into the International Jazz Hall of Fame and is the recipient of countless other honors and awards for his outstanding contributions to jazz, America’s “classical music.”

Lou was born in Badin, North Carolina on November 1, 1926 -- the second of 4 children born to father Andrew, a minister and graduate of Livingstone College, and mother, Lucy, graduate of Cheney University who was a teacher, music director and concert pianist who recognized Lou’s expert ear for music and introduced him to the clarinet. He matriculated to North Carolina A& T College at age 15 where he received a Bachelor of Science degree and joined the marching band playing clarinet. After being drafted into the US Navy in 1945, Lou played in the Great Lakes Navy Band where, when playing for dances, he would also play the alto saxophone. After going into Chicago several times, he heard of Charlie Parker and, after checking him out, decided that this was the style of playing he would make his own. Lou moved to New York in 1950 or late 49 where he attended the Darrow Institute of Music and lived at 127th Street and 8th Avenue with his new wife, Maker, his longtime sweetheart from North Carolina who remained his wife and business partner for 56 years until her death in 2006. Together they raised two daughters, Lydia and Carol, and called the Bronx their home where Lou still resides and where he penned his signature tunes like Blues Walk that are still acclaimed classics today.

Today, at age 86, Lou continues to play at his very best, entertaining audiences worldwide with spirited performances that are always soulful, thoroughly swinging, and steeped in the blues. Lou’s hits on Blue Note Records are still high demand favorites and, today, he is the label’s oldest musician from that notable era of jazz. Source:

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