Lou Donaldson: “Midnight Creeper”

Loose and swinging, this is one of my favorite records in one of my favorite jazz subgenres (soul jazz). Donaldson surrounds himself with stellar players (Blue Mitchell, George Benson, Lonnie Smith, Leo Morris) and they deliver. The second cut in particular (“Love Power”) is notable for its lively organ playing and sounds like it was pulled straight from church – Donaldson and the band seem to positively revel in the gospel rhythm of it. This record may well be the best sixty cents I ever spent (dollar bin record + employee discount).

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