|Studio album by Lou Marini and the Magic City Jazz Orchestra (MCJO)|
|Recorded||1999 & 2000, Bates Brothers Recording, Hueytown, Alabama|
|Label||Chase Music Group|
|Producer||Lou Marini and Ray Reach|
|Lou Marini and the Magic City Jazz Orchestra (MCJO) chronology|
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-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.
- "Lou's Blues"
- "Looking With New Eyes"
- "Hip Pickles"
- "Mr. Clean"
- "Song For John"
- "Dangerous Cargo"
- "Rena / Country"
Magic City Jazz Orchestra (MCJO) Personnel
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.
- Ray Reach - Official Website
- Magic City Jazz Orchestra at AllAboutJazz.com (Includes a reprint of the CD liner notes, written by Bob Belden.)
- Magic City Jazz Orchestra on Myspace
- Article from April 7, 2004 edition of the Sentinel-Tribune, Bowling Green, Ohio mentions Lou Marini and the Magic City Jazz Orchestra
- Lou's Blues reviews
- "Lou's Blues" CD at Amazon.com
- "Lou's Blues" CD at BarnesandNoble.com