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File under: Soul-JazzGrooves

Lou Donaldson

Mr. Shing-A-Ling (LP)

Label: Blue Note

Format: LP

Genre: Jazz

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This 1967 recording was always the best of Lou Donaldson's funky albums. It's just amazing that Blue Note put this back into circulation on 180 gram vinyl. Mr. Shing-A-Ling is worth the investment for the ultra-funking Peepin' alone. Composer and organist Lonnie Smith lays down a basic fatback groove and manages to glean a funk anthem that set the foundation for a whole decade worth of Lou Donaldson LPs (Midnight Creeper is a mere rewrite of this classic). Among Donaldson's big funk classics - the already mentioned Midnight Creeper, Brother Soul and The Caterpillar - Peepin' reigns supreme. The groove sets the tone for its talented principals to really strut their stuff: Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Jimmy Ponder on guitar and Idris Muhammed on drums. The credit goes to Donaldson, a talented original who learned from Bird how to structure clever solos and taught by example how to get his group to deliver one infectious line after another. This group even invests corny, overplayed tunes like Ode to Billie Joe and The Shadow of Your Smile with foot-tapping good groove. Mr. Shing-A-Ling is a hearty brew of some steaming funk. - Douglas Payne (All About Jazz)

File under: Soul-JazzGrooves
Cat. number: BST 84271
Year: 2019

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