Don Wilkerson: The Complete Blue Note Sessions
The prevailing ethos of Preach Brother! is simply summarized: blues, blues, and more blues. And not the fancied-up bebop variety, but straight-up shuffle and boogie and soul. Every track is a blues except for the closer, "Pigeon Peas," a funky thing in AABA form. The two later albums are a bit more compositionally varied. Wilkerson begins Elder Don with exquisitely singing tenor work on "Senorita Eula" and then salutes his fellow Texan Bob Wills with "San Antonio Rose." (Grant Green’s solo on the latter has to be heard to be believed.) From this point on there’s still plenty of blues, but Wilkerson breaks it up with originals like "Scrappy" and "Drawin’ a Tip." He also showcases a totally different aspect of his talent on the ballads "Poor Butterfly" and "Easy Living."
Track Listing: Disc One: 1. Jeanie-Weenie 2. Homesick Blues 3. Dem Tambourines 4. Camp Meetin
Personnel: Don Wilkerson, tenor sax; Grant Green, guitar; Sonny Clark, Johnny Acea, piano; John Patton, organ; Butch Warren, Lloyd Trotman, bass; Billy Higgins, Willie Bobo, Ben Dixon, drums; Jual Curtis, tambourine
Record Label: Blue Note Records