Willis "Gator" Jackson

Later for the Gator

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With his raw, jump blues-inflected tenor sax style, full of all manner of honks and squeals delivered at maximum force, Willis "Gator" Jackson was never less than exciting as he walked the line between the worlds of jazz and R&B during his career. This generous set features Jackson with the Cootie Williams Orchestra (including Jackson's signature "Gator Tail"), the Bobby Smith Orchestra, heading up a few tracks on his own as bandleader, and supporting his then-wife Ruth Brown on a trio of blues tracks. It's a delightful anthology, full of Jackson's obvious joy at making music. Highlights include the two-part "Gator Tail," the after hours "More Blues at Midnight" (which shows Jackson could blow straight jazz when he choose to do so) and the huge-sounding "Gator's Groove," which prefigures the organ groups that would occupy Jackson's attention in the latter stages of his career. A fun and joyful set.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:10 Spotify
2 2:50 Spotify
3
3:00 Spotify
4 2:59 Spotify
5
2:58 Spotify
6
2:59 Spotify
7
2:51
8
2:40 Spotify
9
feat: Eddie Mack
2:53 Spotify
10
2:53 Spotify
11 2:43 Spotify
12 3:15 Spotify
13 2:45 Spotify
14 3:12 Spotify
15
feat: Eddie Mack
2:15 Spotify
16
feat: Eddie Mack
2:22 Spotify
17 2:43 Spotify
18 3:10 Spotify
19
2:43 Spotify
20
2:50 Spotify
21 3:04 Spotify
22
2:51 Spotify
23
2:56 Spotify
24
feat: Ruth Brown
2:49 Spotify
25
feat: Ruth Brown
3:00 Spotify
26
feat: Ruth Brown
2:57 Spotify
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