Lou Donaldson: My first affair

Here is a cool 1981 interview with alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson from the JazzProfessional website. In this excerpt he talks candidly about his style:

LDBasically, my playing is a cross between Charlie Parker and Johnny Hodges—you know, the people that I listened to when I was coming up. See, when I play my ballads, I play almost identically like Johnny Hodges. A lot of younger musicians don’t know this; they say: “How do you do this? What is that?” But I say: “Well, it’s hard for me to explain it to you, unless you heard Johnny Hodges and Lester Young, people like that.” That’s the way they played ballads, and it’s natural for me to pattern my style slightly after that.

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—Peter Blasevick