- Released: April 24, 1995
- Label: OJC
- 1.Cool Grits
- 2.Come Back To Sorrento
- 3.Dink's Mood
- 4.Please Mr. Jackson
- 5.633 Knock
- 6.Memories Of You
Willis Jackson Quintet: Willis Jackson (tenor saxophone); Jack McDuff (organ); Bill Jennings (guitar); Tommy Potter (bass); Alvin Johnson (drums).
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey on May 25, 1959. Originally released on Prestige (7162). Includes liner notes by Jack Walker.
Personnel: Willis "Gator" Jackson (tenor saxophone); Bill Jennings (guitar); Jack McDuff (organ); Albert Johnson, Alvin Johnson (drums).
Liner Note Author: Jack Walker.
Recording information: Hackensack, NJ (05/25/1959); New Jersey (05/25/1959).
Unknown Contributor Roles: Jack McDuff; Tommy Potter; Bill Jennings.
Willis "Gator" Jackson originally made a strong impression as a honking R&B player, first with the Cootie Williams Orchestra, then with his own popular bands. In 1959, starting with this Prestige set (which has been reissued on CD), Jackson made his mark on soul-jazz. Teamed with the up-and-coming organist Jack McDuff, guitarist Bill Jennings, bassist Tommy Potter and drummer Alvin Johnson, Gator is heard modifying his style a little (gone are most of the screams) in favor of swinging. He performs four group originals, "Come Back to Sorrento," and "Memories of You" with soulful feeling. ~ Scott Yanow