Say It Loud!

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Say It Loud!
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Studio album by Lou Donaldson
Released 1969
Recorded November 6, 1968
Studio Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz
Length 36:31
Label Blue Note
BST 84299
Producer Francis Wolff
Lou Donaldson chronology
Midnight Creeper
(1968)Midnight Creeper1968
Say It Loud!
Hot Dog
(1969)Hot Dog1969
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic1.5/5 stars[1]

Say It Loud! is an album by jazz saxophonist Lou Donaldson recorded for the Blue Note label in 1968 and featuring Donaldson with Blue Mitchell, Charles Earland, Jimmy Ponder, and Leo Morris.[2]


The album was awarded 1½ stars in an Allmusic review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine who states "his group sounds awkward and uneasy. There are a few good moments scattered throughout the album, particularly by Mitchell, but overall, Say It Loud! is one of the weakest records in Donaldson's catalog".[1] The album featured Donaldson utilising the varitone amplification system for saxophone.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Lou Donaldson except as indicated
  1. "Say It Loud (I'm Black and I'm Proud)" (James Brown, Pee Wee Ellis) - 7:32
  2. "Summertime" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward) - 5:49
  3. "Caravan" (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Juan Tizol) - 5:22
  4. "Snake Bone" - 9:31
  5. "Brother Soul" (Donaldson, Leon Spencer) - 8:17



  1. ^ a b Erlewine, S. T. Allmusic Review accessed December 14, 2009.
  2. ^ Lou Donaldson discography accessed December 14, 2009.
  3. ^ Porter, C [ Say It Loud Review Jazz Times, September 2005