Legends of Acid Jazz

Legends of Acid Jazz

by Willis "Gator" Jackson
     
 

Willis "Gator" Jackson's initial reputation was made as a honking and screaming tenor saxophonist with Cootie Williams' late-'40s orchestra and on his own R&B-ish recordings. By 1959, Jackson had de-emphasized some of his more extroverted sounds (although they occasionally popped up) and had reemerged as a solid swinger influenced bySee more details below

Overview

Willis "Gator" Jackson's initial reputation was made as a honking and screaming tenor saxophonist with Cootie Williams' late-'40s orchestra and on his own R&B-ish recordings. By 1959, Jackson had de-emphasized some of his more extroverted sounds (although they occasionally popped up) and had reemerged as a solid swinger influenced by Gene Ammons and (on ballads) Ben Webster. This CD reissue from 1998 brings back in full two of Jackson's 1959-60 LPs: Blue Gator and Cookin' Sherry. Some of the music (which often falls into the soul-jazz genre) is reminiscent of the funky groove music that would become popular in the late '60s. Jackson sounds fine and is joined throughout by guitarist Bill Jennings, organist Jack McDuff, one of three bassists, one of two drummers, and sometimes Buck Clarke on conga. The accessible music alternates between warm ballads and jump tunes.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/06/1998
Label:
Prestige
UPC:
0025218519823
catalogNumber:
24198

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Tracks

  1. Blue Gator  - Willis "Gator" Jackson
  2. Try a Little Tenderness  - Willis "Gator" Jackson
  3. Gator's Tail  - Willis "Gator" Jackson
  4. This Nearly Was Mine  - Willis "Gator" Jackson
  5. East Breeze  - Willis "Gator" Jackson
  6. She's Funny That Way  - Willis "Gator" Jackson
  7. Mellow Blues  - Willis "Gator" Jackson
  8. Sportin'  - Willis "Gator" Jackson
  9. When I Fall in Love  - Willis "Gator" Jackson
  10. Cookin' Sherry  - Willis "Gator" Jackson
  11. Where Are You?  - Willis "Gator" Jackson
  12. Contrasts  - Willis "Gator" Jackson

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Willis "Gator" Jackson   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Bill Jennings   Guitar
Tommy Potter   Bass
Buck Clarke   Conga
Bill Elliot   Drums
Milt Hinton   Bass
Wendell Marshall   Bass
Jack McDuff   Organ
Alvin Johnson   Drums

Technical Credits

Bill Jennings   Contributor
Jimmy Campbell   Composer
Tommy Potter   Contributor
Buck Clarke   Contributor
Bill Elliot   Contributor
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Milt Hinton   Contributor
Amiri Baraka   Liner Notes
Wendell Marshall   Contributor
Jack McDuff   Contributor
Joe Tarantino   Remastering
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction
Alvin Johnson   Contributor
Howard Cook   Liner Notes

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