With the Cootie Williams orchestra in the Forties and with R&B queen Ruth Brown (to whom he was married for eight years) in the Fifties, as well as at the helm of his own groups, fat-toned tenor saxophonist Willis "Gator Tail" Jackson (1928-1987) was known during the early days of rhythm and blues as a honker par excellence. While the fire never disappeared from his playing, Jackson mellowed somewhat after returning to his jazz roots in the late Fifties. His driving, declamatory phrasing on medium and uptempo numbers had much in common with that of Prestige labelmate Gene Ammons, while his gorgeous ballad readings often brought Ben Webster to mind. Organist Jack McDuff and guitarist Bill Jennings--two other soul-jazz pioneers--join Jackson throughout these 1959-60 sessions.
with Bill Jennings, Jack McDuff, Wendell Marshall, Tommy Potter, Milt Hinton, Alvin Johnson, Bill Elliot, Buck Clarke