Saturday, 14 February 2015

Previously Unreleased: Willis Jackson - Gatorade (Prestige Rec.1971-1982)

Willis Jackson - Gatorade front
Willis Jackson
( LP Prestige Records, Recorded 1971, released on Prestige 1982 )
Catalog # MPP 2516

American jazz and rhythm and blues saxophonist (tenor). Played with : Cootie Williams, Ruth Brown (singer and his wife) and others. Nickname : "Gator" or "Gator Tail".
Born : April 25, 1932 in Miami, Florida. Died : October 25, 1987 in New York City, New York.

1. Good Bread Alley (Willis Jackson) - 7:30
2. Hey Jude (Lennon/McCartney) - 4:27
3. Ivy (Meeks/Jackson) - 5:56
4. Pow! (Willis Jackson) - 6:09
5. The Long And Winding Road (Lennon/McCartney) - 5:08
6. Gatorade (Willis Jackson) - 7:48

Personnel & Credits:
Willis Jackson Quintet
Willis Jackson (ts)
Carl Wilson (org)
Ivan "Boogaloo Joe" Jones (g)
Jerry Potter (d)
Buddy Caldwell (cga)
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Teddy McRae Composer
Bob Porter Supervisor
Willis "Gator" Jackson Composer, Primary Artist, Producer, Sax (Tenor)
Issues: a-f on Prestige MPP-2516 (issued 1982).
Producer: Bob Porter
Engineer: Rudy Van Gelder
Notes: Phil Schaap

Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio,
Englewood Cliffs, NJ, August, 1971
Previously Unreleased Rudy Van Gelder Recording From 1971.

Willis Jackson - Gatorade cover & record

''Good Bread Alley''

The music on this obscure LP was not released until 1982 and quickly disappeared. Tenor saxophonist Willis Jackson plays funky jazz that is very much of the period with organist Carl Wilson, guitarist Joe "Boogaloo" Jones, drummer Jerry Potter and Buddy Caldwell on conga. Jackson performs the current pop tunes "Hey Jude" and "The Long and Winding Road," plus a pair of blues (including his "Pow") and a couple of originals. Fun but not overly substantial music.
By Scott Yanow (AMG)

On Line:
Doug Payne
Vinyl Records

Original post: 30/11/2008

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