Theoretically, the pairing of Jimmy Smith and Lou Donaldson is a smart idea. Both musicians were instrumental in the development of soul-jazz and were recognized as among the leaders of their genre. Instead of catching fire, however, Jimmy Smith Trio + LD, falls flat. There are a few moments that fulfill the duo's potential -- both Smith and Donaldson trade hot lines on "Star Eyes" -- but in general, the session is bland but pleasant offering nothing truly memorable.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine