Lou's Blues

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Lou's Blues
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Studio album by
Released2004
Recorded1999 & 2000, Bates Brothers Recording, Hueytown, Alabama
GenreBig Band
Length46:08
LabelChase Music Group
ProducerLou Marini and Ray Reach
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Lou's Blues is a big band jazz album by saxophonist Lou Marini and the Magic City Jazz Orchestra (MCJO) recorded at Bates Brothers Recording in Hueytown, Alabama (near Birmingham, Alabama). This CD was the first recording as a leader by Marini. Lou Marini is best known as a member of several noted bands, including Blood, Sweat and Tears, Steely Dan, the Woody Herman Orchestra, the Buddy Rich Band, The Maureen McGovern Band, the James Taylor Band, the Saturday Night Live Band, Aerosmith, Stevie Wonder and the Blues Brothers Band. Production duties for the album were shared by Lou Marini and Birmingham, Alabama based jazz musician Ray Reach.

All of the arrangements on this CD were written by Lou Marini, and all the compositions are his, except for "Mr. Clean," which was composed by Weldon Irvine. Some of the charts on this album have become enduring favorites of the Lab Bands at the University of North Texas. Liner notes for the CD were written by Grammy Award winning saxophonist, arranger, composer and producer, the late Bob Belden.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Lou's Blues"
  2. "Looking With New Eyes"
  3. "Hip Pickles"
  4. "Odalisk"
  5. "Mr. Clean"
  6. "Song For John"
  7. "Dangerous Cargo"
  8. "Rena / Country"

Magic City Jazz Orchestra (MCJO) Personnel[edit]

The MCJO personnel for Lou's Blues included:

  • MCJO Founding Director: Ray Reach
  • Woodwinds: Gary Hallquist, Gary Wheat, Neil McLean, Grady Chandler, Daniel Western and Kim Bain
  • Trumpets: Mart Avant, Chris Gordon, John Taylor, Craig Konicek, Bo Berry and Daryl Jones
  • Trombones: Steve Pryor, Edson Worden, Dr. Bob Black, Charles Ard, and Jim Moeller
  • Rhythm Section: Robert Dickson and Chris Wendle on bass, Tom Wolfe and Jim Wallis on guitar, Steve Sample, Jr (son of Steve Sample, Sr) and Sonny Harris on drums, and Ray Reach on piano and organ.

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