Monday, December 5, 2016

Willis Jackson - 1977 - The Gator Horn

Willis Jackson 
The Gator Horn

01. Ungawa     8:32
02. You've Changed     4:45
03. Hello, Good Luck     7:35
04. The Gator Horn     5:05
05. This Is Always     5:30
06. Gooseneck     8:15

Bass – Dud Bascomb, Jr.
Congas – Buddy Caldwell
Drums – Yusef Ali
Guitar – Ivan 'Boogaloo' Joe Jones
Organ – Carl Wilson
Saxophone [Gator Horn] – Willis Jackson

Recorded at the Rosebud Studio, NYC - March 8, 1977

Virtually all of tenor saxophonist Willis "Gator" Jackson's albums for Muse in the 1970s (and fortunately, there are many of them) are well worth picking up. Jackson's basic tenor always contained plenty of soul, the potential of exploding, and an attractive warm sound. For this fine set, Gator alternates between romps (some of which are funky) and ballads ("You've Changed" and "This Is Always"). Excellent support is contributed by organist Carl Wilson, guitarist Boogaloo Joe Jones, bassist Dud Bascomb, drummer Yusef Ali, and Buddy Caldwell on conga.

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