After Hours

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Like Arnett Cobb, Willis "Gator" Jackson was a hard-blowing tenor saxophonist who had no problem making the transition from the honker school of the '40s and early '50s to the soul-jazz and organ combos of the late '50s and '60s. The '60s, in fact, were an extremely productive time for Jackson, who recorded for Prestige throughout that decade and got into the studio often. A 79-minute CD that Fantasy assembled in 2004, After Hours offers two of Jackson's '60s LPs back to back: 1963's Loose and 1967's Soul Grabber both of which employ Carl Wilson on organ and underscore Jackson's fondness for the Hammond B-3. While Soul Grabber is heard in its entirety, one of the songs ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Like Arnett Cobb, Willis "Gator" Jackson was a hard-blowing tenor saxophonist who had no problem making the transition from the honker school of the '40s and early '50s to the soul-jazz and organ combos of the late '50s and '60s. The '60s, in fact, were an extremely productive time for Jackson, who recorded for Prestige throughout that decade and got into the studio often. A 79-minute CD that Fantasy assembled in 2004, After Hours offers two of Jackson's '60s LPs back to back: 1963's Loose and 1967's Soul Grabber both of which employ Carl Wilson on organ and underscore Jackson's fondness for the Hammond B-3. While Soul Grabber is heard in its entirety, one of the songs from Loose "Y'all" was omitted due to space limitations. During the '60s, Jackson wasn't afraid to look in a variety of places for material -- his repertoire ranged from original compositions to Tin Pan Alley to Burt Bacharach/Hal David, Bobby Vinton and Motown. Jackson seemed to realize that worthwhile popular music was worthwhile music regardless of the source, and on After Hours, Gator finds the jazz potential in everything from "Secret Love" and "Sometimes I'm Happy" to Bobbie Gentry's "Ode to Billie Joe," Bobby Hebb's "Sunny" and Peter, Paul & Mary's "I Dig Rock and Roll Music." Jackson's tenor dominates the album, but on Bacharach/David's "Alfie," the saxman plays a custom-made instrument he named the "gator horn" which he described as "somewhere between an alto sax, a soprano sax and a French horn". Parts of this CD were obviously designed to reach soul and rock fans, but thankfully, Gator knew how to make some commercial moves without sacrificing his skills as an improviser. While After Hours falls short of essential, this is a solid, pleasing disc that Jackson's hardcore fans will enjoy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/2004
  • Label: Prestige
  • UPC: 025218529426
  • Catalog Number: 24294
  • Sales rank: 173,847

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Willis "Gator" Jackson Primary Artist, Horn, Tenor Saxophone
Dud Bascomb Trumpet
Lloyd Davis Guitar
Haywood Henry Baritone Saxophone
Bill Jones Guitar
Wally Richardson Guitar
Frank Robinson Trumpet
Lawrence Wright Drums
Sammy Lowe Trumpet
Joe Hadrick Drums
Technical Credits
Vinícius de Moraes Composer
Neal Hefti Composer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Bobby Hebb Composer
Chris Albertson Liner Notes
Baden Powell Composer
Robert Bruce Composer
Ozzie Cadena Producer
Hal David Composer
Sammy Fain Composer
Kirk Felton Remastering
David Franklin Composer
Cliff Friend Composer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Bobbie Gentry Composer
Willis "Gator" Jackson Composer
Cal Lampley Producer
Jack Lawrence Composer
Avery Parrish Composer
Leo Robin Composer
Noel Paul Stookey Composer
Paul Francis Webster Composer
David Himmelstein Liner Notes
Dave Dixon Composer
Jamie Putnam Art Direction
Irving Gordon Composer
Buddy Feyne Composer
Clifford Grey Composer
Peter Tinturin Composer
James Mason Composer
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