Midnight Sun (Lou Donaldson album)

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Midnight Sun
Midnight Sun (Lou Donaldson album) coverart.jpg
Studio album by Lou Donaldson
Released 1980
Recorded July 22, 1960
Studio Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Genre Jazz
Length 34:36
Label Blue Note
LT 1028
Producer Alfred Lion
Lou Donaldson chronology
Sunny Side Up
Midnight Sun
Here 'Tis
Alternative cover
1980 Japanese LP
1980 Japanese LP
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Midnight Sun is an album by jazz saxophonist Lou Donaldson recorded for the Blue Note label in 1960, but not released until 1980 and performed by Donaldson with Horace Parlan, George Tucker, Al Harewood, and Ray Barretto.[2]


The album was awarded 3 stars in an Allmusic review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine who states "Midnight Sun is as strong as any of the hard bop records Donaldson released in the early '60s. Part of the reason the quality is so high is the fact his supporting quartet is so strong... Any dedicated Donaldson fan should search for this record; even if it doesn't reach the heights of Blues Walk and Here 'Tis, it still has plenty of fine music.[3]

Track listing

All compositions by Lou Donaldson except as indicated
  1. "Candy" (Mack David, Alex Kramer, Joan Whitney) - 6:12
  2. "Midnight Sun" (Sonny Burke, Lionel Hampton, Johnny Mercer) - 5:45
  3. "Avalon" (Buddy DeSylva, Al Jolson, Vincent Rose) - 5:18
  4. "The Squirrel" (Tadd Dameron) - 3:22
  5. "Si Si Safronia" - 4:31
  6. "Exactly Like You" (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh) - 5:03
  7. "Dog Walk" - 4:25



  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Lou Donaldson discography accessed December 8, 2009.
  3. ^ Erlewine, S. T.Allmusic Review accessed December 8, 2009.
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