Monday, 31 August 2009

Willis ”Gator” Jackson ” ‘Gator Tails”

Willis ”Gator” Jackson

‘Gator Tails
( LP Verve Records, 1964 )
Catalog # V/V6 8589

Tracklisting :
1. Swimmin’ Home Baby
2. Frankie and Johnny
3. Crocodile
4. On Broadway
5. Skillet
6. Someone to Watch over Me
7. Early One Morning
8. Lonesome Road
9. I Almost Lost My Mind

Willis Jackson (ts)
Robert Banks or Claus Ogerman (arr, cond)
unidentified orchestra

Released: NYC, June 23, 1964

Also issued on Verve V6 8782 entitled “Willis Jackson”

An exciting tenor saxophonist whose honking and squeals (although influenced by Illinois Jacquet) were quite distinctive, Willis Jackson was also a strong improviser who sounded perfectly at home with organ groups. He played locally in Florida early on, until joining Cootie Williams (on and off during 1948-1955). His two-sided honking feature “Gator Tail” with “Cootie” (which earned Williams a lifelong nickname) was a hit in 1948, and he started recording as a leader in 1950. Jackson was married to singer Ruth Brown for eight years, and often appeared on her recordings during this era. His extensive series of Prestige recordings (1959-1964) made him a big attraction on the organ circuit. Although generally overlooked by critics, Willis Jackson continued working steadily in the 1970s and ’80s. In 1977, he recorded one of the finest albums of his career for Muse, Bar Wars.
By Scott Yanow (AMG)

Courtesy of Rare—1

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