Thursday, 3 September 2009

Willis Jackson ”Gentle Gator”

Willis Jackson

Gentle Gator
( LP Prestige Records, 1961 )
Catalog # 24158

Solitude (Irving Mills, Eddie DeLange, Duke Ellington) (5:03)
Estrellita (Manuel Ponce) (4:10)
Girl of My Dreams (Sonny Clapp) (6:40)
It Never Entered My Mind (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) (4:02)
Al-Di-La (Carlo Donida) (4:46)
Careless Love (W.C. Handy, Martha E. Koenig, Spencer Williams) (4:24)
I Remember Clifford (Benny Golson) (3:48)
Again (Lionel Newman, Dorcas Cochran ) (4:05)
Amor (Gabriel Ruíz, Ricardo Lopez Mendez) (7:48)
Nancy (With the Laughing Face) (Phil Silvers, James Van Heusen) (5:23)
Home Peter Van Steeden, Harry Clarkson (5:10)
They Didn’t Believe Me ( Jerome Kern, Michael E. Rourke) (3:38)

Personnel & Credits:
Tommy Flanagan (Piano)
Bucky Pizzarelli (Guitar)
Bobby Donaldson (Drums)
Richard Wyands (Piano)
George Tucker (Bass)
Jimmy Neely (Piano)
Montego Joe (Percussion)
Montego Joe (Conga)
Juan Amalbert & His Latin Jazz Quintet (Conga)
Kenny Burrell (Guitar)
Ozzie Cadena (Supervisor)
Eddie Calhoun (Bass)
Phil DeLancie (Digital Remastering)
Esmond Edwards (Photography)
Esmond Edwards (Supervisor)
Rudy Van Gelder (Engineer)
Roy Haynes (Drums)
Willis “Gator” Jackson (Sax (Tenor) – Main Performer)
Gus Johnson (Drums)
Gildo Mahones (Piano)
Wendell Marshall (Bass)
Peck Morrison (Bass)
Jose Paulo (Percussion)
Bob Porter (Liner Notes – Compilation)
Mickey Roker (Drums)
Emmanuel K. Rahim (Percussion)
Phil Carroll (Artwork)
Sidney Falco (Liner Notes)

Tenor saxophonist Willis Jackson is best-known as a passionate and screaming tenorman who puts a lot of emotion in his playing. This reissue is a change of pace for it consists of ballads taken from four of “Gator”’s Prestige and Moodsville albums of 1961-62. Jackson plays tastefully and sticks close to the melodies, sounding in good form on such songs as “Estrellita,” “Girl of My Dreams,” “Home” and “They Didn’t Believe Me.” However, due to the sampler nature of the collection and the sameness of mood…this set is designed more for casual fans.
By Scott Yanow (AMG)

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