CAT # PRCD-24294-25
1. Secret Love 5:33 2. When My Dreamboat Comes Home 5:44 3. She's My Love 5:40 4. After Hours 11:18 5. What Will I Tell My Heart 1:57 6. The Song Of Ossanha 3:55 7. Sunny 4:47 8. Girl Talk 7:16 9. Ode To Billy Joe 6:17 10. Sometimes I'm Happy 3:53 11. Soul Grabber 2:00 12. Rhode Island Red 7:04 13. Alfie 4:57 14. I Dig Rock And Roll Music 2:45 15. These Blues Are Made For Walking 5:46
Willis "Gator Tail" Jackson's meat-and-potatoes tenor saxophone moved easily from the blues and R&B on which he initially made his reputation through straight-ahead grooves, soul jazz, and blue ballads, and up to bossas, boogaloos, and covers of Sixties pop hits. After Hours joins two Prestige LPs, Loose. . ., from 1963, and Soul Grabber, made in 1967. On the earlier session Jackson (1932-1987) fronts a crackling seven-piece band, while on its companion he leads his working quintet of the period. Jackson's wide-ranging taste in material is unified by his expressive, big-toned tenor, although on the ballad "Alfie" he plays the custom-made gator horn, which sounds like a cross between soprano sax and oboe. Whatever the tune, be it a standard like "Sometimes I'm Happy" (wherein "Gator" honors the great tenorist Lester Young), the extended blues-with-a-backbeat that is "After Hours," the Junior Walker-esque "Soul Grabber," or even Peter, Paul & Mary's 1967 pop hit "I Dig Rock and Roll Music," Jackson and company never strike a false note.
with Wilbur "Dud" Bascomb, Bob Bushnell, Lloyd Davis, Joe Hadrick, Haywood Henry, Bill Jones, Sammy Lowe, Wally Richardson, Frank Robinson, Carl Wilson, Lawrence Wright
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