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Incredible Jazz Records + the original analog master tapes + cut at 45 RPM + mastered by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman at AcousTech + pressed on two 180-gram virgin vinyl LPs by RTI = THE ULTIMATE LP REISSUE!
The same formula that made the Fantasy 45 Series perhaps the most successful
audiophile reissue collection ever is now being reapplied to Blue Note reissues!
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.
• Numbered & Limited to 2500 copies
• Original analog master tapes
• 45 RPM
• Two 180g Virgin Vinyl LPs
• Mastered by Kevin Gray & Steve Hoffman at AcousTech
• Pressed by RTI
Lou Donaldson, alto sax
Herman Foster, piano
'Peck' Morrison, bass
Dave Bailey, drums
Ray Barretto, conga
1. Blues Walk
3. The Masquerade Is Over
4. Play Ray
5. Autumn Nocturne
6. Callin' All Cats