The Natural Soul

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The Natural Soul
The Natural Soul.jpg
Studio album by Lou Donaldson
Released March 1963[1]
Recorded May 9, 1962
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz
Length 49:07 CD reissue
Label Blue Note
BST 84108
Producer Alfred Lion
Lou Donaldson chronology
A Man with a Horn
The Natural Soul
Good Gracious!
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Down Beat
(Original Lp release)
3/5 stars[2]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
All About Jazz (favorable)[4]

The Natural Soul is an album by jazz saxophonist Lou Donaldson recorded for the Blue Note label in 1962 and performed by Donaldson with Grant Green, Tommy Turrentine, Big John Patton, and Ben Dixon.[5]

The album was awarded 4 stars in an Allmusic review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine who states "The Natural Soul finds Lou Donaldson delving deeply into soul-jazz, recording a set of funky, greasy instrumentals with only a few references to hard bop... The original compositions — which form the bulk of the album — aren't much more than blues and soul vamps, but they provide an excellent foundation for the combo to work hot grooves. And, in the end, that's what The Natural Soul is about — groove. It maintains the high standards Donaldson established with his first soul-jazz foray, Here 'Tis, and remains one of his best records in that genre".[6]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Lou Donaldson except as indicated
  1. "Funky Mama" (Big John Patton) - 9:08
  2. "Love Walked In" (Gershwin, Gershwin) - 5:12
  3. "Spaceman Twist" - 5:38
  4. "Sow Belly Blues" - 10:13
  5. "That's All" (Alan Brandt, Bob Haymes) - 5:36
  6. "Nice 'n' Greasy" (John Adriano Acea) - 5:27
  7. "People Will Say We're in Love" (Hammerstein II, Rodgers) - 7:53 Bonus track on CD



  1. ^ Billboard Mar 30, 1963
  2. ^ Down Beat:May 23, 1963 Vol. 30, No. 12
  3. ^ Allmusic Review
  4. ^ All About Jazz review
  5. ^ Lou Donaldson discography accessed December 8, 2009.
  6. ^ Erlewine, S. T. Allmusic Review accessed December 8, 2009.