Lush Life (Lou Donaldson album)

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Lush Life
Lush Life (Lou Donaldson album).jpg
Studio album by Lou Donaldson
Released 1967
Recorded January 20, 1967
Studio Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Genre Jazz
Length 35:23
Label Blue Note
GXF 3068
Producer Alfred Lion
Lou Donaldson chronology
Lou Donaldson At His Best
Lush Life
Alligator Bogaloo
Sweet Slumber cover
Sweet Slumber (Lou Donaldson album).jpg
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
All About Jazz (favorable)[2]
All About Jazz (favorable)[3]

Lush Life (also released as Sweet Slumber) is an album by jazz saxophonist Lou Donaldson recorded for the Blue Note label in 1967 and featuring Donaldson with Freddie Hubbard, Garnett Brown, Jerry Dodgion, Wayne Shorter, Pepper Adams, McCoy Tyner, Ron Carter, and Al Harewood performing arrangements by Duke Pearson.[4] Due to the success of Donaldson's Alligator Bogaloo (1967) the album was not released until 1980 in Japan under the title Sweet Slumber and then finally released decades later internationally.[5]


The album was awarded 4½ stars in an Allmusic review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine, who states: "With its plush arrangements and unabashedly pretty melodies, Lush Life stands in stark contrast to most everything else he cut in the '60s. There are no blues, no stabs at soul-jazz grooves, no hard bop — only sweet, sensitive renditions of romantic standards. Donaldson shone on ballads before, but it's nevertheless surprising how successful he is on this set of slow love songs. His tone is full and elegant — it's easy to get lost in his rich readings of these familiar melodies, as well as his slyly seductive improvisations".[6]

Track listing

  1. "Sweet Slumber" (Lucky Millinder, Al J. Neiburg, Henri Woode) - 5:56
  2. "You've Changed" (Bill Carey, Carl Fischer) - 4:23
  3. "The Good Life" (Sacha Distel, Jack Reardon) - 4:53
  4. "Stardust" (Hoagy Carmichael) - 3:40
  5. "What Will I Tell My Heart" (Irving Gordon, Jack Lawrence, Peter Tinturin) - 4:25
  6. "It Might as Well Be Spring" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers) - 5:58
  7. "Sweet and Lovely" (Gus Arnheim, Jules LeMare, Harry Tobias) - 5:58 Bonus track on CD



  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ All About Jazz review
  3. ^ All About Jazz review
  4. ^ Lou Donaldson discography, accessed December 8, 2009.
  5. ^ Stockton, J. Lush Life review, All About Jazz, March 13, 2008.
  6. ^ Erlewine, S. T. Allmusic Review, accessed December 11, 2009.
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