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Don Wilkerson • Elder Don

Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Don Wilkerson's first Blue Note session, Elder Don (it was recorded before Preach, Brother! but released afterward), is a highly enjoyable set of hard-swinging, bluesy soul-jazz and hard bop. It's hardly a one-note collection -- "Senorita Eula" swings with a Latin lilt, "Scrappy" is a hard-hitting R&B number, the lightly Cuban recasting of Bob Wills' Western swing classic "San Antonio Rose" is fluid and infectious, "Lone Star Shuffle" and "Drawin' a Tip" are wonderful blues shuffles, and the ballad "Poor Butterfly" has a graceful, lyrical quality -- which is part of the reason why it's so impressive. Still, all of the credit for Elder Don's success has to go to Wilkerson, whose vibrant, robust tone dominates the session, and since he's playing with exceptional guitarist Grant Green and excellent drummer Willie Bobo, as well as pianist Johnny Acean and bassist Lloyd Trotman, that's no small accomplishment. In fact, records like this go a long way in proving that Wilkerson was one of the great underrated saxophonists of his time.

A1 Senorita Eula
A2 San Antonio Rose
A3 Scrappy
B1 Lone Star Shuffle
B2 Drawin' A Tip
B3 Poor Butterfly

Bass – Lloyd Trotman (2)
Drums – Willie Bobo
Guitar – Grant Green
Piano – Johnny Acea
Tenor Saxophone – Don Wilkerson

Producer – Alfred Lion
Recorded By – Rudy Van Gelder
Label: Blue Note ‎– BLP 4121
Released: 1963

Blue Note Records Catalog: 4100 series
BLP 4121 Don Wilkerson - Elder Don
Don Wilkerson (tenor saxophone) John Acea (piano) Grant Green (guitar) Lloyd Trotman (bass) Willie Bobo (drums)
Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, May 3, 1962tk.5 Drawin' A Tip
tk.6 Senorita Eula
tk.9 Poor Butterfly
tk.13 Scrappy
tk.15 San Antonio Rose
tk.22 Lone Star Shuffle

** also issued on Blue Note BST 84121.

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