The 1959-60 sessions from which Keep on a Blowin' (the first LP reissued herein) is derived marked a significant turning point in the career of tenor saxophonist Willis "Gator Tail" Jackson. Having earlier found fame in the r&b realm as a leather-lunged honker, the Miami-born musician opted for a straight-ahead jazz approach upon signing with Prestige Records, one that reflected a grounding in the Ben Webster and Lester Young traditions yet was attuned to the emerging soul-jazz fashion. Jack McDuff, Jackson's organist at the time, is heard on Keep on a Blowin', while Freddie Roach handles the B-3 on 1962's more rock-oriented Thunderbird. Featured on both is the sweetly stinging guitar of Bill Jennings, one of the undersung greats of the instrument.
with Jack McDuff, Bill Jennings, Milt Hinton, Wendell Marshall, Tommy Potter, Alvin Johnson, Buck Clarke, Freddie Roach, Frank Shea, Ray Barretto