Willis Jackson With Pat Martino

Willis Jackson With Pat Martino

Willis Jackson With Pat Martino
  • CAT # PRCD-24161-25

    1. Jackson's Action 3:08
    2. A Lot Of Livin' To Do 6:59
    3. I Wish You Love 3:18
    4. Monkey Hips 5:16
    5. A'w Right - Do It 6:07
    6. Jive Samba 10:21
    7. Hello Dolly 2:37
    8. Annie Laurie 2:37
    9. Blowin' Like Hell 6:07
    10. Blue Gator 3:49
    11. I'm A Fool To Want You 3:42
    12. Gator Tail 10:03
    13. Satin Doll 8:54

One wouldn’t find tenor saxophonist Willis “Gator Tail” Jackson (1932-1987) at such mainstream jazz strongholds as the Village Vanguard in New York or Shelly’s Manne-Hole in Los Angeles. But at a club in Harlem or North Philly, Jackson would draw crowds that would be three deep at the bar. For “The Gator”’s tight little band was a fixture on the chitlin circuit, where they cooked up a jazz, soul, blues, R&B, and gospel stew into the soul jazz that invariably left customers calling for additional helpings. These cuts--a baker’s dozen--add up to two typically crowd-pleasing sets and forecast a brilliant future for 19-year-old guitarist Pat Azzara, who would later light the skies as Pat Martino.

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