Lou Donaldson
Sunny Side Up

  1 x LP   180grs   33⅓rpm   

2016 EU reissue on 180g LP= Sunny Side Up (1960) is closer to hard bop than the straight-ahead bop that characterized Lou Donaldson's '50s Blue Note records. There's a bit more soul to the songs here, which pianist Horace Parlan helps emphasize with his l

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Release date: 12-10-2017(orginally released in 1960)

2016 EU reissue on 180g LP= Sunny Side Up is closer to hard bop than the straight-ahead bop that characterized Lou Donaldson's '50s Blue Note records. There's a bit more soul to the songs here, which pianist Horace Parlan helps emphasize with his lightly swinging grooves. The pair help lead the group -- which also features trumpeter Bill Hardman, drummer Al Harewood and bassist Sam Jones (Laymon Jackson plays bass on two of the eight songs) -- through a mellow set of standards and bluesy originals from Donaldson and Parlan. Even the uptempo numbers sound relaxed, never fiery. Despite the general smoothness of the session, Donaldson stumbles a little -- the quotation of "Flight of the Bumblebee" on "Blues for J.P." is awkward, as is the snippet of "Pop Goes the Weasel" on "Politely," and "Way Down Upon the Swanee River" sounds lazy -- but there's enough solid material to make Sunny Side Up a worthwhile listen for fans of Donaldson and early-'60s hard bop.

Tracks:
A1 Blues For J.P.
A2 The Man I Love
A3 Politely
A4 It's You Or No One

B1 The Truth
B2 Goose Grease
B3 Softly As In A Morning Sunrise

Musicians:
Alto Saxophone – Lou Donaldson
Bass – Laymon Jackson (tracks: A1, A2, A4, B1), Sam Jones (tracks: A3, B2, B3)
Design [Cover] – Reid Miles
Drums – Al Harewood
Liner Notes – Nat Hentoff
Photography By [Cover Photo] – Francis Wolff
Piano – Horace Parlan
Producer – Alfred Lion
Recorded By [Recording By] – Rudy Van Gelder
Trumpet – Bill Hardman

Discs: 1
Drager(LP,EP,12,7,CD): LP
Qual(120grs,150grs,180grs): 180grs
Speed(33,45): 33
Label: Blue Note
Originally released: 1960
This release: 2017
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