Friday, 28 August 2009

Willis Jackson ”The Good Life”

Willis Jackson

The Good Life
( LP Prestige Records, 1963 )
Catalog # PRLP 7296

Tracklisting:
Fly Me To The Moon
The Good Life
The Days Of Wine And Roses
Angel Eyes
As Long As She Needs Me
add Leonard Gaskin (b)
Troubled Times
Walk Right In

Personnel & Notes:
Frank Robinson (tp)
Willis Jackson (ts)
Carl Wilson (org)
Pat Martino (g)
Joe Hadrick (d)
Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio,
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, May 23-24, 1963



Review:
A sweet soul jazz burner from Willis Jackson — one that features his combo with Pat Martino on guitar and Carl Wilson on organ, as well as some great trumpet lines form Frank Robinson — shimmering nicely over the top of the tunes! The style here is a bit more laidback and late nite than some of Jackson’s other cookers from the time — but there’s still a really strong tenor/organ approach on the whole set, one that transforms familiar tunes wonderfully! Titles include “As Long As She Needs Me”, “Troubled Times”, “Fly Me To The Moon”, and “Days Of Wine & Roses”.
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By Pier

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