viernes, 26 de mayo de 2017

Willis Jackson • Legends of Acid Jazz



Review by 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.


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

Recorded At – Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

Credits:
   
    Tenor Saxophone – Willis Jackson
    Bass – Milt Hinton (tracks: 4, 8, 11), Tommy Potter (tracks: 3, 6), Wendell Marshall (tracks: 1, 2, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12)
    Congas – Buck Clarke (tracks: 4, 8, 11)
    Drums – Alvin Johnson (tracks: 3 to 6, 11, 12), Bill Elliot (tracks: 1, 2, 7 to 10)
    Guitar – Bill Jennings
    Organ – Jack McDuff

    Recorded By – Rudy Van Gelder
    Remastered By – Joe Tarantino
    Supervised By – Esmond Edwards

Notes
#1-6 originally released as "Blue Gator" (Prestige 7183); #7-12 as "Cookin' Sherry" (Prestige 7211).
# 3 and 6 recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ; May 25, 1959. Other selections recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ on November 9, 1959 (#5, 9); February 26, 1960 (#4, 8, 11); and August 16, 1960 (#1, 2, 7, 10, 12).








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