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Alligator Bogaloo

Lou Donaldson

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Alligator Bogaloo is one example of Lou Donaldson's successful combinations of hard bop and soul-jazz. Of the six tunes, three are Donaldson originals, including the title hit. The excellent band, consisting of Melvin Lastin, Sr. on cornet, George Benson on guitar, Lonnie Smith on organ, and Leo Morris on drums, mixes laid-back vamps beneath driving hard bop charts. As the '60s turned into the '70s, Donaldson began shaving off hard bop invention for a more radio-friendly and 45 rpm length, leaving soulful -- yet monotonous -- vamping. At that point, Donaldson's material suffered from a lack of originality. That's not the case on Alligator Bogaloo.
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1
Alligator Bogaloo
00:06:55

Melvin Lastie, Cornet, AssociatedPerformer - George Benson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Cuscuna, Producer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ron McMaster, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lou Donaldson, Alto Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lonnie Smith, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Leo Morris, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1967 Capitol Records, LLC

2
One Cylinder
00:06:47

Melvin Lastie, Cornet, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - George Benson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Cuscuna, Producer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ron McMaster, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Francis Wolff, Producer - Lou Donaldson, Alto Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lonnie Smith, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Idris Muhammad, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Freddie McCoy, Composer

℗ 1967 Blue Note Records

3
The Thang (Edit)
00:03:34

Alfred Lion, Producer - Lou Donaldson, Composer, MainArtist

℗ 1967 Blue Note Records

4
Aw Shucks
00:07:22

Alfred Lion, Producer - Lou Donaldson, MainArtist - Michael Lee Smith, Composer

℗ 1967 Blue Note Records

5
Rev. Moses
00:06:25

Melvin Lastie, Cornet, AssociatedPerformer - George Benson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Cuscuna, Producer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ron McMaster, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alfred Lion, Producer - Lou Donaldson, Composer, Alto Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lonnie Smith, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Leo Morris, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1967 Blue Note Records

6
I Want A Little Girl
00:04:29

Alfred Lion, Producer - Lou Donaldson, MainArtist - Billy Moll, ComposerLyricist - MURRAY MENCHER, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1967 Blue Note Records

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Alligator Bogaloo is one example of Lou Donaldson's successful combinations of hard bop and soul-jazz. Of the six tunes, three are Donaldson originals, including the title hit. The excellent band, consisting of Melvin Lastin, Sr. on cornet, George Benson on guitar, Lonnie Smith on organ, and Leo Morris on drums, mixes laid-back vamps beneath driving hard bop charts. As the '60s turned into the '70s, Donaldson began shaving off hard bop invention for a more radio-friendly and 45 rpm length, leaving soulful -- yet monotonous -- vamping. At that point, Donaldson's material suffered from a lack of originality. That's not the case on Alligator Bogaloo.
© Al Campbell /TiVo

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