Saxophone player Willis "Gator" Jackson got his nickname from his 1948 hit, "Gator Tail." His unique tenor sax sound -- considered passionate, rollicking, sensual and earthy -- is captured on these original Atlantic recordings from the mid-1970's. Popular songs of the day "Lady Marmalade," "The Way We Were," and "Feelings" are among the highlights.
2 LPs on 1 CD: PLAYS WITH FEELING (1976)/THE WAY WE WERE (1975).
Personnel includes: Willis Jackson (tenor saxophone); Gary West (Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet, Hammond B-3 organ); Richard Rome, Ron Kersey (keyboards); A.C. Drummer, Jr., Tony Bell, Bob Eli (guitar); Cliff Williams (bass guitar); Walter "Jo Jo" Garth (drums); Bessemer Taylor (conga).
Originally released on Cotillion.
Personnel: Willis "Gator" Jackson (tenor saxophone); Phil Hurtt (vocals, tambourine, background vocals); Sammy Turner (vocals); Tony Bell (guitar, tambourine); Bobby Eli (guitar); Walter Dewey Pfeil (harp); Noel DaCosta, Louis Haber, Alfred Brown , Irving Spice (violin); Julien Barber, Seymour Berman (viola); Seymour Barab (cello); Jack Faith (flute); Seldon Powell (baritone saxophone); Bobby Hartzel, John Wilson (trumpet, flugelhorn); Ernie Royal, Michael Goldberg (trumpet); Eddie Bert, Freddy Joiner (trombone); Ricky West (Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet); Richard Rome, Ron Kersey (keyboards); Jim Nelson (vibraphone); Cliff Williams (bass guitar); Charlie Collins (drums); Jay Mark, Thom Bell (tambourine); Barbara Ingram, Carla Benton, Kenny Present (background vocals).
Audio Remixers: Jimmy Douglas; Bobby Warner.
Recording information: Grove Sound, NY; ODO Sound Studios, NY; Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, PA.
Arrangers: Bob Babbitt; Tony Bell; Richard Rome; Ron Kersey.
This two-fer from Collectables features a pair of out of print LPs by Willis "Gator" Jackson: The Way We Were and Plays With Feeling, both originally issued on Atlantic in 1975 and 1976, respectively. Highlights among the 18 tracks include "The Young Man With a Horn," "Lady Marmalade," and "The Way We Were." These discs provide an entertaining combination of soul, jazz, and modern pop standards. ~ Al Campbell