LOU DONALDSON
                 Pretty Things

                   Recording Date:
                       January 09, 1970

                      Lou Donaldson  AS,SS
                      Ted Dunbar       G
                      Jimmy Lewis      B,G
                      Blue Mitchell      TP
                      Idris Muhammad D
                      Lonnie Smith      O
                      Melvin Sparks     G
                      Leon Spencer      O


Review by Scott Yanow
Lou Donaldson has recorded many strong sessions throughout his career but this CD reissue brings back one of the less-significant ones. Organist Leon Spencer dominates the ensembles, the material is a bit trivial and the altoist/leader uses a baritone sax on some of the selections which makes him sound much less individual than usual. Trumpeter Blue Mitchell's solos and a fine closing jam on "Love" help upgrade the music a bit but there are many better Donaldson recordings to acquire first.

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