Lou Donaldson – Sassy Soul Strut (1973/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 39:23 minutes | 1,72 GB | Genre: Jazz
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Originally released in 1973, Sassy Soul Strut is jazz saxophonist Lou Donaldson’s Blue Note record featuring numerous jazz specialists. The album features standards like “Sanford and Son Theme (The Streetbeater)”, “Good Morning Heartache” and “Pillow Talk”.
Sassy Soul Strut pairs Lou Donaldson with arranger George Butler to create a smooth, unabashedly commercial session some distance removed from the saxophonist’s classic soul-jazz efforts. Emphasizing electric instruments and radio-friendly rhythms, the album nevertheless plays to Donaldson’s strengths, focusing more on mood and texture and less on funk. Opening with a gutbucket rendition of Quincy Jones immortal “The Streetbeater” (far better known as the theme to television’s Sanford and Son), Sassy Soul Strut quickly settles comfortably into a light, accessible mode too lively to dismiss as smooth jazz but too mellow to pass as anything else. Butler’s arrangements haven’t dated particularly well, but the record’s too innocuous and good-natured to qualify as an outright failure. It’s simply forgettable, nothing more and nothing less.
01 – Sanford And Son Theme
02 – Pillow Talk
03 – Sassy Soul Strut
04 – Good Morning Heartache
05 – City, Country, City
06 – This Is Happiness
07 – Inner Space
Originally recorded April 17 & 18, 1973 at Generation Sound Studios in New York, NY.
Lou Donaldson – varitone alto saxophone
Thad Jones – trumpet
Garnett Brown – trombone
Seldon Powell – tenor saxophone, flute
Buddy Lucas – harmonica
Paul Griffin – piano, electric piano, organ
Horace Ott – electric piano
Hugh McCracken, David Spinozza, John Tropea – electric guitar
Wilbur Bascomb – electric bass
Bernard Purdie – drums
Omar Clay, Jack Jennings – percussion