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RecordedJune 20 and November 19, 1952; August 21, 1954
LabelBlue Note
ProducerAlfred Lion
Lou Donaldson chronology
Wailing with Lou
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Quartet/Quintet/Sextet is an album by jazz saxophonist Lou Donaldson featuring his earliest recordings as a leader on the Blue Note label performed by Donaldson's Quartet with Horace Silver, Gene Ramey and Art Taylor, his Quintet with Silver, Blue Mitchell, Art Blakey, and Percy Heath, and a Sextet with Heath, Blakey, Kenny Dorham, Matthew Gee, and Elmo Hope.[2] The album was originally released as a 10" LP, then as a 12" long-playing record, and finally as a CD with additional tracks added.


The AllMusic review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine awarded the album 4½ stars and states "While Donaldson's tone isn't quite as full as it would be within just five years, he impresses with his bold, speedy technique and fine phrasing. He doesn't play anything out of the ordinary, but he plays it very, very well, and his playing is enhanced by the three stellar bands that support him on these sessions... Everyone plays in a straight bop and hard bop tradition, contributing fine performances to a strong debut effort by Donaldson".[1]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Lou Donaldson except where noted.

  1. "Lou's Blues"
  2. "Cheek to Cheek" (Irving Berlin)
  3. "Roccus" (Horace Silver)
  4. "If I Love Again" (Ben Oakland)
  5. "Down Home"
  6. "The Best Things in Life Are Free" (Lew Brown, Buddy DeSylva, Ray Henderson)
  7. "Sweet Juice" (Silver)
  8. "Caracas"
  9. "Moe's Bluff"
  • Recorded at WOR Studios, NYC, June 20, 1952 (tracks 1-3) and November 19, 1952 (tracks 4-7) and Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, August 22, 1954 (tracks 8 & 9).





  1. ^ a b Erlewine, S. T. AllMusic Review accessed December 2, 2009.
  2. ^ Lou Donaldson discography accessed December 2, 2009.