Gravy Train (album)

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Gravy Train
Studio album by Lou Donaldson
Released 1961
Recorded April 27, 1961
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz
Length 43:08 original LP
Label Blue Note
BST 84079
Producer Alfred Lion
Lou Donaldson chronology
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Gravy Train
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Gravy Train is an album by jazz saxophonist Lou Donaldson recorded for the Blue Note label in 1961 and performed by Donaldson with Herman Foster, Ben Tucker, Dave Bailey, and Alec Dorsey.[2]

The album was awarded 3½ stars in an Allmusic review by Steve Huey who states "Gravy Train is a fine, if not quite exceptional record from Lou Donaldson's initial soul-jazz phase of the early '60s... Donaldson's playing is pleasant, and the rest of the supporting group maintains a steady groove throughout".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Lou Donaldson except as indicated
  1. "Gravy Train" - 8:14
  2. "South of the Border" (Carr, Kennedy) - 5:31
  3. "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" (Burke, Van Heusen) - 4:59
  4. "Avalon" (DeSylva, Jolson, Rose) - 4:15
  5. "Candy" (Mack David, Kramer, Whitney) - 9:18
  6. "Twist Time" - 6:47
  7. "Glory of Love" (Billy Hill) - 4:04

Bonus tracks on CD:

  1. "Gravy Train" [Alternate Take] - 7:30
  2. "Glory of Love" [Alternate Take] - 3:49



  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Lou Donaldson discography accessed December 8, 2009.
  3. ^ Huey, S. Allmusic Review accessed December 8, 2009.