20 September 2007


Don Wilkerson for Blue Note from 1963.
Last of the Blue Note posts for a while and what better way to wrap 'em up than the Texas Tenor with this dream team :John Patton:Organ /Grant Green:Guitar/Ben Dixon:Drums/Don Wilkerson:Tenor.
Don Wilkerson's final album, Shoutin', found him returning to the confines of a quartet, which actually liberated his playing. Without the competition provided from a trumpeter, Wilkerson has plenty of room to roam, and he needs it -- he was one of the most forceful and full-bodied tenor saxophonists in soul-jazz during the '60s. Throughout Shoutin', he impresses with his ability to switch between rich, graceful ballads and hard-hitting, hard-driving blues and R&B. Fortunately, he's supported by an excellent trio -- guitarist Grant Green, organist John Patton, drummer Ben Dixon -- that can play it hard and play it soft with equal aplomb. And, like on Preach, Brother!, Green and Patton not only contribute fine accompaniment, but also terrific solos that keep things cooking. The original compositions (and most of the album is comprised of original material) may not be distinctive, but they do what they were intended to do: provide launching pads for hot grooves and kinetic interplay. All through Shoutin' the quartet works soulful grooves with invigorating dexterity, and the high quality of the music on this album, as well as Wilkerson's other three records, will make most soul-jazz fans regret that this was his last record. It will also make them treasure the albums all the more. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide
Ripped @320 from the highly recommended but now deleted Blue Note "Complete Don Wilkerson Blue Note Sessions".It's still available on the net for a reasonable price but how long for?


Jazz-Nekko said...

Bacoso et al.,

Having recently been on an organ-burner trend, I can highly recommend this set. The professional review does not even come close to describing the chemistry of this group. They play tight, intuitively and passionately.

Excellent choice to close out your BN series,



fairest said...

Sweet stuff!

fslmy said...

I've been very curious about this album, a big thanks for giving me the opportunity to hear it.

nicholas said...

Thanks. The magic words "soul jazz" guarantee a download.

John V said...

Great stuff!Not that familiar with Wilkerson's work but sure know and love the other guys.Thank you!

John V.

1Surfrider said...

Rare and well done...all on the same disc!

Thanks man, excellent stuff, as usual.

Doktorn said...

A true unknown classic. You gotta listen to this. Dig the organized baselines & Dixons Blakeyish hihat on Cooking with Clarence, for example

Baron said...

Thank you ... Wilkerson - can't say I remember having listened to him before ... this appears a good place to start ... Baron