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- Released: July 13, 1999
- Label: Prestige
- 1.Keep on A-Blowin'
- 2.How Deep Is the Ocean?
- 3.On the Sunny Side of the Street
- 4.Blue Strollin'
- 5.The Man I Love
- 6.A Smooth One
- 8.Oh, Lady Be Good
- 9.Back and Forth
- 10.California Sun
- 11.Body and Soul
- 12.A Penny Serenade
2 LPs on 1 CD: KEEP ON A BLOWIN' (1960)/THUNDERBIRD (1962).
Personnel: Willis Jackson (tenor saxophone); Jack McDuff, Freddie Roach (Hammond B-3 Organ); Bill Jennings (guitar); Milt Hinton, Wendell Marshall, Tommy Potter (bass); Alvin Johnson, Frank Shea (drums); Buck Clarke, Ray Barretto (congas).
Engineers include: Rudy Van Gelder.
Recorded at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs and Hackensack, New Jersey and Music Makers Studio, New York, New York. KEEP ON A BLOWIN' originally released on Prestige (7172) in 1960; THUNDERBIRD originally released on Prestige (7232) in 1962. Includes liner notes by Dale Wright and LeRoi Jones.
Digitally remastered by Joe Tarantino (1999, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Personnel: Willis "Gator" Jackson (tenor saxophone); Bill Jennings (guitar); Freddie Roach, Jack McDuff (organ); Frank Shea , Alvin Johnson (drums); Buck Clarke, Ray Barretto (congas).
Recording information: Nj (05/25/1959-02/26/1960).
In 1999, Fantasy reissued two of Willis Jackson's old Prestige LPs, Keep on a Blowin' (1959-60) and Thunderbird (1962), on this 78-minute CD for its Legends of Acid Jazz series. Spanning 1959-62, this reissue looks back on what was a very exciting period for the big-toned, breathy tenor man, who had moved away from the honking and screaming he had done in the late 1940s and early 1950s and had reinvented himself as a more mature provider of organ-combo soul-jazz. While Keep on a Blowin' (which features a young Jack McDuff on organ) is a straight-ahead collection of blues, ballads (including "How Deep Is the Ocean"), and standards, parts of Thunderbird (which employs Freddie Roach on the Hammond B-3) are more commercial and rock & roll-minded. But even on a remake of the surf rock ditty "California Sun," Jackson doesn't lose his jazzman's sense of improvisation. "The Man I Love" from Keep on a Blowin' is a real surprise -- Jackson begins the Gershwin standard as a lush ballad before unexpectedly switching to a fast tempo and approaching it as 200 mile-an-hour bop. This consistently rewarding CD is highly recommended. ~ Alex Henderson