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Willis 'Gator' Jackson - Gentle Gator (1962/2008)

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Willis 'Gator' Jackson - Gentle Gator (1962/2008)

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1    Solitude (DeLange / Ellington / Mills)
2    Estrellita (Ponce)
3    Girl of My Dreams (Clapp)
4    It Never Entered My Mind (Hart / Rodgers)
5    Al-Di-La (Donida)
6    Careless Love (Handy / Koenig / Williams)
7    I Remember Clifford (Golson)
8    Again (Cochran / Newman)
9    Amor (Mendez / Ruiz)
10   Nancy (With the Laughing Face) (Silvers / VanHeusen)
11   Home (Clarkson / VanSteeden)
12   They Didn't Believe Me (Kern / Rourke) 

Willis "Gator" Jackson 	Sax (Tenor)
Juan Amalbert 	Congas
Kenny Burrell 	Guitar
Eddie Calhoun 	Bass
Bobby Donaldson 	Drums
Tommy Flanagan 	Piano
Roy Haynes 	Drums
Gus Johnson 	Drums
Gildo Mahones 	Piano
Wendell Marshall 	Bass
Montego Joe 	Congas, Percussion
Peck Morrison 	Bass
Jimmy Neely 	Piano
Jose Paulo 	Percussion
Bucky Pizzarelli 	Guitar
Emmanuel K. Rahim 	Percussion
Mickey Roker 	Drums
George Tucker 	Bass
Richard Wyands 	Piano 

Tenor-saxophonist Willis Jackson is best-known as a passionate and screaming tenorman who puts a lot of emotion in his playing. This CD reissue is a change of pace for it consists of ballads taken from four of "Gator's" Prestige and Moodsville albums of 1961-62. Jackson plays tastefully and sticks close to the melodies, sounding in good form on such songs as "Estrellita," "Girl of My Dreams," "Home" and "They Didn't Believe Me." However due to the sampler nature of the collection, the sameness of mood and the overly restrained solos, this CD is of lesser interest. ---Scott Yanow, AllMusic Review

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