Possum Head + Signifyn'
Lou Donaldson (as), Big John Patton (org), Bill Hardamn, Tommy Turrentine Jr. (tp), Ray Crawford, Roy Montrell (g), Ben Dixon (d), Cleopas 'Mopedido' Morris (perc),
Alto sax legend Lou Donaldson joins the great organist Big John Patton for their two last and, many would say, their best collaborations - on this Groove Hut release containing the complete original Argo LPs.
Born in Badin, North Carolina, in 1926, Lou Donaldson is best known for the recordings he made in the 1960's (such as the tracks compiled on this CD), which were decidedly blues and soul oriented. Lou's new trends are most notable in his recordings with such figures as organist Big John Patton (born in Kansas City, Missouri, on July 12, 1935, and passed away in New Jersey on March 19, 2002). One of the greatest stars in the development of soul jazz, his relaxed and bluesy playing brought the Hammond organ to unexpected heights. The two LPs included on this CD, recorded in New York in 1963 and in Chicago in 1964, constitute Lou Donaldson and Big John Patton's last recorded collaborations ever, and are probably their best, backed by splendid musicians like Bill Hardman, Ray Crawford, Tommy Turrentine Jr. and Ben Dixon.
01. Possum Head
02. Secret Love
03. Midnight Soul
04. Bye Bye Blackbird
06. Persimmon Tree
08. Man With A Horn
10. Time After Time
11. Si Si Safronia,
12. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
13. I Feel It In My Bones
14. Coppin' A Plea.
Total time: 73:39 min.
Tracks #1-8 from Possum Head (Argo LP 734). Personnel: Lou Donaldson (as), 'Big' John Patton (org), Bill Hardman (tp), Ray Crawford (g), Ben Dixon (d) and Cleopas "Mopedido" Morris (Congas). Recorded in Los Angeles, January 28, 1964.
Tracks #9-14 from Signifyin (Argo LP 724). Personnel: Lou Donaldson (as), 'Big' John Patton (org), Tommy Turrentine Jr. (tp), Roy Montrell (g) and Ben Dixon (d). Recorded in New York, July 17, 1963.