Lou Donaldson Quartet
Relaxing at Sea - Live on the QE 2

Harlem Nocturne; Marmaduke; Whisky Drinkin' Woman; The Midnight Creeper; Fast and Freaky; It Was a Dream; Confirmation; Now's the Time; *I Can't Get Started; Lou's New York Theme Song; Jazz Speak (79.56)

Lou Donaldson, altosax, vocal; Dr. Lonnie Smith, B3 Organ; Randy Johnson, guitar; Danny Burger, drums *Special Guest Nicholas Payton, trumpet

Lou is a survivor from the 1950's Jazz scene who can still put it together, along with veteran Lonnie Smith. They are well supported by two talented newcomers, Randy Johnson - a fleet fingered guitarist and Danny Burger - an agile and tasty drummer.

The four have fun together playing their mixed program of Bop and R & B, with Lou's entertaining vocals and announcements adding to the atmosphere of the occasion. The guest appearance of trumpeter Nicholas Payton on "I Can't Get Started" is a bonus which adds to the enjoyment of this informal live sesson.

by Al Merritt

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