Lou Takes Off

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Lou Takes Off
Lou Takes Off.jpg
Studio album by Lou Donaldson
Released July 1958[1]
Recorded December 15, 1957
Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack
Genre Jazz
Length 38:17
Label Blue Note
BLP 1591
Producer Alfred Lion
Lou Donaldson chronology
Jimmy Smith Trio + LD
(1957)Jimmy Smith Trio + LD1957
Lou Takes Off
Blues Walk
(1958)Blues Walk1958
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

Lou Takes Off is an album by jazz saxophonist Lou Donaldson recorded for the Blue Note label and performed by a sextet also featuring Donald Byrd, Curtis Fuller, Sonny Clark, Jamil Nasser, and Art Taylor.[3] The album was awarded 4½ stars by Lee Bloom in an Allmusic review which stated "This recording marks a period in his development prior to a stylistic shift away from bop and toward a stronger rhythm and blues emphasis... Overall, Lou Takes Off breaks no new musical ground, but it is a solid, swinging session of high-caliber playing.[4] According to Donaldson, Blue Note initially didn't like any of the album, "the conga drums or the new musicians."[5]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Lou Donaldson except as indicated

  1. "Sputnik" - 10:05
  2. "Dewey Square" (Charlie Parker) - 7:16
  3. "Strollin' In" - 14:34
  4. "Groovin' High" (Dizzy Gillespie) - 6:22




  1. ^ Schwann Record & Tape Guide, 1964
  2. ^ Allmusic Review
  3. ^ Lou Donaldson discography accessed December 3, 2009.
  4. ^ Bloom, L. Allmusic Review accessed December 3, 2009.
  5. ^ 2008 liner notes by Bob Blumenthal