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1 thelarmis   ~  Feb 5, 2011 4:22 pm

you've posted Hot Dog here before - a coupla times, methinks...

i have 23 Lou Donaldson cd's on Blue Note Records. there are, i believe, 6 more albums that he recorded for the label in the 70's. unfortunately, none have been released on CD, so i don't have them...

Hot Dog, is a good and typical Lou record for this time. i'm not a huge fan and i don't ever go back and spin this, so it was nice to hear the long title cut here. it's your average soul/funk-jazz album of this time (1969).

the lineup featured Melvin Sparks on guitar, whom i like. Leo Morris was doin' his funky-ass thang on the drums and was, interestingly, listed by his given name, rather than his more well-known moniker of Idris Muhammad. Charles Earland was excellent on the organ. he's got a cool album from the 70's, called Leaving This Planet. Hot Dog, was the debut for the little known trumpeter Ed Williams.

all told, another solidly funky effort by Lou D., but for me personally, it just gets lost in the shuffle of his extensive catalog. for these types of artists (i.e. grant green), i generally prefer their earlier bop-like material, that's swing based.

2 Alex Belth   ~  Feb 5, 2011 8:35 pm

My bad. I thought I might have already done that one!

3 thelarmis   ~  Feb 6, 2011 3:14 am

[2] no no no, not bad at all! i was glad to listen to it. kinda forced me to, since i never listen to that cd. it just gets lost in my massive collection...

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