- Our arrangement…
- Lou Donaldson’s original…
Due to the specific rhythmic flavor of the original, it seemed there was no other way to play it. I wrestled with this one for awhile, but much like our version of One Cylinder, it was only when we came together as a band that this unique and beautiful approach come to life.
Reggie Lavong wrote of Elizabeth in the Lou Donaldson’s Midnight Creeper liner notes stating, “This is Lou Donaldson’s tour de force, Lou is unafraid to bare his beautiful and sentimental soul.” I sincerely hope we have done this feeling justice with our authentic and impassioned performance.
Elizabeth is found on one of Lou’s more popular records called “Midnight Creeper” which was recorded for the Blue Note label in 1968 and features Donaldson with Blue Mitchell, Lonnie Smith, George Benson, and Leo Morris.
The album was awarded 4 stars in an Allmusic review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine who states “As he delved deeper into commercial soul-jazz and jazz-funk, Lou Donaldson became better at it. Midnight Creeper offers a thoroughly enjoyable set of grooving, funky soul-jazz… He rarely was quite as loose on his late-’60s/early-’70s records as he is here, and that’s what makes Midnight Creeper a keeper”.
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