Willis Jackson With Pat Martino
CAT # PRCD-24161-25
1. Jackson's Action 3:08 2. A Lot Of Livin' To Do 6:59 3. I Wish You Love 3:18 4. Monkey Hips 5:16 5. A'w Right - Do It 6:07 6. Jive Samba 10:21 7. Hello Dolly 2:37 8. Annie Laurie 2:37 9. Blowin' Like Hell 6:07 10. Blue Gator 3:49 11. I'm A Fool To Want You 3:42 12. Gator Tail 10:03 13. Satin Doll 8:54
One wouldn’t find tenor saxophonist Willis “Gator Tail” Jackson (1932-1987) at such mainstream jazz strongholds as the Village Vanguard in New York or Shelly’s Manne-Hole in Los Angeles. But at a club in Harlem or North Philly, Jackson would draw crowds that would be three deep at the bar. For “The Gator”’s tight little band was a fixture on the chitlin circuit, where they cooked up a jazz, soul, blues, R&B, and gospel stew into the soul jazz that invariably left customers calling for additional helpings. These cuts--a baker’s dozen--add up to two typically crowd-pleasing sets and forecast a brilliant future for 19-year-old guitarist Pat Azzara, who would later light the skies as Pat Martino.
with Frank Robinson, Carl Wilson, Joe Hadrick
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