Tuff-toned tenor man Willis Jackson put out a handful of B3-guitar gut grinders, and this 64 gig will get you stomping the floor in no time flat. A young and gritty Pat Martino plays with a soulful strut that belies his current cool stature. He rips apart the strings on “One Mint Julep,” while the band relentlessly rocks on the incessant “Thunderbird.” Modern bands would give half their income to sound this energized. B3er Carl Wilson, Frank Robinson/tp and Joe Hadrick kick out the jams on versions of “Flamingo” and “I Can’t Stop Lovin’ You” that make them the ultimate backup band for the likes of Broadway Danny Rose. A Bunsen burner of a session!
If you were lucky enough to be at "The Club Nowhere," as an emcee calls New York's Allegro, site of these recordings, you were definitely somewhere that was a stronghold of soul-jazz. Boss tenor man Willis "Gator Tail" Jackson (1932-1987) headed one of the tightest, fullest-sounding little bands around, one that not only could get a club crowd up with an infectious, instantly danceable mix informed by jazz, blues, R&B, rock 'n' roll, and gospel, but could fire up the jazz fans as well, via swinging renditions of jam-session staples like "Perdido" and "Jumpin' with Symphony Sid." This set joins the LPs Soul Night/Live! and Tell It..., both recorded on March 21, 1964. On the former, the guitarist was billed as "Pat Azzara"; on the latter, "Patrick Azzara." Now internationally acclaimed as Pat Martino, he was when he worked with Jackson a 19-year-old burner from Philadelphia, whose lightning-like lines and rich chordal voicings are featured on the ballads "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" and "Flamingo." As for the Gator, he shouts and wails and tells it with the kind of conviction that makes every night Soul Night/Live!
with Frank Robinson, Pat Martino, Carl Wilson, Joe Hadrick