Mr. Shing-A-Ling

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Mr. Shing-A-Ling
Studio album by Lou Donaldson
Released 1967
Recorded October 27, 1967
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz
Length 37:46
Label Blue Note
BST 84271
Producer Francis Wolff
Lou Donaldson chronology
Alligator Bogaloo
Mr. Shing-A-Ling
Midnight Creeper
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Mr. Shing-A-Ling is an album by jazz saxophonist Lou Donaldson recorded for the Blue Note label in 1967 and featuring Donaldson with Blue Mitchell, Lonnie Smith, Jimmy Ponder, and Leo Morris.[2]

The album was awarded 2½ stars in an Allmusic review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine who states "Not quite the full-fledged electric funk workout that was becoming commonplace for old-guard soul-jazz musicians in the late '60s, but not quite the bop-inflected soul-jazz of the early '60s. either, Mr. Shing-A-Ling falls into a netherworld that won't connect either with jazz purists or fans of grooving jazz-funk. When the group does try to get funky on the record, the results just sound lazy... the lack of energy and enthusiasm the group has for the material makes Mr. Shing-A-Ling a bit of a tiring listen".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Lou Donaldson except as indicated
  1. "Ode to Billie Joe" (Bobby Gentry) - 6:33
  2. "The Humpback" - 5:28
  3. "The Shadow of Your Smile" (Mandel, Webster) - 6:25
  4. "Peepin'" (Lonnie Smith) - 8:21
  5. "The Kid" (Harold Ousley) - 10:59



  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Lou Donaldson discography accessed December 14, 2009.
  3. ^ Erlewine, S. T. Allmusic Review accessed December 14, 2009.

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