Alligator Bogaloo

Blue Note

A hard-bop-meets-soul-jazz classic, Alligator Bogaloo features three of Lou’s tunes, including the title track, the swinging, r&b styled “The Thang,” with organ shouts and exuberant utterances, and the upbeat “Rev. Moses” where all the bands members romp with cool Lou and fiery Lonnie leading the way. Lonnie contributes the slow, steady “Aw Shucks!” where the band opens up for instrumental expressions in the relaxed zone.

Lou also covers vibraphonist Freddie McCoy’s oozing soul-jazz gem, “One Cylinder” (George’s guitar ebullience is at its best on this track), and closes the disc with a ’30s-era ballad, “I Want a Little Girl.” With Melvin sitting out, this is Lou’s luminous lyrical showcase.

Alligator Bogaloo
One Cylinder
The Thang
Aw Shucks!
Rev. Moses
I Want A Little Girl