Legends of Acid Jazz

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
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: 5/6/1998
  • Label: Prestige
  • UPC: 025218519823
  • Catalog Number: 24198

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blue Gator (9:12)
  2. 2 Try a Little Tenderness (5:57)
  3. 3 Gator's Tail (3:39)
  4. 4 This Nearly Was Mine (4:31)
  5. 5 East Breeze (10:01)
  6. 6 She's Funny That Way (5:10)
  7. 7 Mellow Blues (9:01)
  8. 8 Sportin' (4:47)
  9. 9 When I Fall in Love (4:02)
  10. 10 Cookin' Sherry (8:14)
  11. 11 Where Are You? (5:41)
  12. 12 Contrasts (5:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Willis "Gator" Jackson Primary Artist, 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
Leroi Jones 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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