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Willis Jackson: Call of the Gators [Delmark, 1993]
This justly renowned tenor-sax honker's first tracks as a leader are generic music by somebody who happens to be inventing the genre. Having literally made his name on Cootie Williams's "Gator Tail" in 1949, he recorded all over the place before he died in 1987, but back in 1950 Apollo elected to withhold some of his wilder three-minute rides, including the incendiary "Blow, Jackson Blow." Gator didn't have much to say about it. He was 17 at the time. A-