Lou Takes Off

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Lou Takes Off
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Studio album by Lou Donaldson
Released 1958
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
Lou Takes Off
Blues Walk
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Lou Takes Off is an album by jazz saxophonist Lou Donaldson recorded for the Blue Note label and performed by Donaldson's Sextet with Donald Byrd, Curtis Fuller, Sonny Clark, Jamil Nasser, and Art Taylor.[2] 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.[3] According to Donaldson, Blue Note initially didn't like any of the album, "the conga drums or the new musicians."[4]

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. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Lou Donaldson discography accessed December 3, 2009.
  3. ^ Bloom, L. Allmusic Review accessed December 3, 2009.
  4. ^ 2008 liner notes by Bob Blumenthal