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After Hours

After Hours

by Willis "Gator" JacksonWillis "Gator" Jackson


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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: 0025218529426
catalogNumber: 24294
Rank: 137435


  1. Secret Love
  2. When My Dreamboat Comes Home
  3. She's My Love
  4. After Hours
  5. What Will I Tell My Heart
  6. The Song of Ossanha
  7. Sunny
  8. Girl Talk
  9. Ode to Billie Joe
  10. Sometimes I'm Happy
  11. Soul Grabber
  12. Rhode Island Red
  13. Alfie
  14. I Dig Rock and Roll Music
  15. These Blues Are Made for Walking

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
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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