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Blues Walk [Hybrid SACD] by Lou Donaldson
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Artist/Band:Lou Donaldson
Name:Blues Walk [Hybrid SACD]
Cat No.:CBNJ-81593SA
Performed by:Lou Donaldson (alto sax)
Herman Foster (piano)
Peck Morrison (bass)
Dave Bailey (drums)
Ray Barretto (congas)
Description:The definitive digital version of the classic Blue Note album! In its series of 25 reissues, Analogue Productions had access to the original master tapes of these legendary recordings. While Rudy Van Gelder did a historic job in recording, mixing and mastering (cutting) the original LPs, various digital editions--even those remastered by RVG himself--had some flaws from an audiophile's perspective such as dynamics compressions and overcooked high frequencies.

AcousTech engineers Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray approached this project with a different objective than to slavishly replicate the sound of the original LPs. Rather, they strived to preserve and present what is on the master tape with the highest fidelity they can afford with the latest available technologies. Listening to the results, I have to say they've succeeded! This series of superb-sounding hybrid SACDS are must-have for audiophiles and fans of Blue Note Records!

[Album Description]
Lou Donaldson's undisputed masterpiece, Blues Walk, marks the point where the altoist began to decisively modify his heavy Charlie Parker influence and add a smoky, bluesy flavor of his own. The material is still firmly in the bebop style, and the mellower moments aren't as sleepy as some of Donaldson's subsequent work, so the album sounds vital and distinctive even as it slows down and loosens things up. What elevates Blues Walk to classic status is its inviting warmth. Donaldson's sweetly singing horn is melodic throughout the six selections, making even his most advanced ideas sound utterly good-natured and accessible. The easy-swinging title cut is arguably Donaldson's signature tune even above his late-'60s soul-jazz hits, and his other two originals, "Play Ray" and "Callin' All Cats," are in largely the same vein.

Recorded in 1958.

Album Tracks:
1. Blues Walk
2. Move
3. The Masquerade Is Over
4. Play Ray
5. Autumn Nocturne
6. Callin' All Cats
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