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sábado, 7 de abril de 2018

Willis Jackson • Blue Gator



Seminal early work from Willis Jackson. Blue Gator is an early Prestige set from tenorist Willis – and just the kind of record that set him firmly in the soul jazz camp for the 60s! By the time of the set,culled from four sessions from '59 & '60, Jackson had already won plenty of fame for his R&B-tinged work – but here, he stretches out a bit more, and really gets creative on his solos – working with a very hip group that includes Jack McDuff on organ and Wild Bill Jennings on guitar – both players making a similar shift in their music at the time. The tracks are lively, recorded with a bold, loud tone, and have lots of those great open-mouthed tones from Jackson – quite possibly a good reason for his "Gator" nickname! Tracks include "Blue Gator", "East Breeze", "The Gator Jumps", and "Try A Little Tenderness".


Tracks
1. Blue Gator  [Jackson]
2. Try a Little Tenderness  [Campbell/Connelly/Woods]
3. Gator's Tail  [Jackson]  
4. This Nearly Was Mine  [Hammerstein/Rodgers]
5. East Breeze  [Edwards]
6. She's Funny That Way  [Moret/Whiting]

PRLP 7183 [also issued on Prestige PR 7850]

A) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, May 25, 1959
Willis Jackson (ts) Brother Jack McDuff (org) Bill Jennings (g) Tommy Potter (b) Alvin Johnson (d)

1775 Gator's Tail
1794 She's Funny That Way

B) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, November 9, 1959
Willis Jackson (ts) Brother Jack McDuff (org) Bill Jennings (g) Wendell Marshall (b) Alvin Johnson (d)

1913 East Breeze

C) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, February 26, 1960
Willis Jackson (ts) Brother Jack McDuff (org) Bill Jennings (g) Milt Hinton (b) Alvin Johnson (d) Buck Clarke (cga)

2036 This Nearly Was Mine

D) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, August 16, 1960
Willis Jackson (ts) Brother Jack McDuff (org) Bill Jennings (g) Wendell Marshall (b) Bill Elliot (d)

2404 Blue Gator
2405 Try A Little Tenderness








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