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This CD is another entry in Blue Note’s critically acclaimed, limited edition Connoisseur Series. It features Texas tenor man Don Wilkerson working out with such noted Blue Note sidemen as pianist Sonny Clark, guitarist Grant Green (who appears on all tracks), bassist Butch Warren, organist John Patton and drummer Billy Higgins. As the title indicates, this 2-CD set contains the three albums Wilkerson recorded for the label in 1962 and 1963 Elder Don, Preach Brother, and Shoutin'. Although Wilkerson achieved some fame for his work with Ray Charles, especially his solo on the classic I Got A Woman, these albums enjoyed limited success upon their initial release. Nevertheless, they are excellent examples of bluesy soul-jazz/R&B and indeed have become valued collectors items over the years. Groovy baby! ####
Disc 1: 1. Jeanie-Weenie 2. Homesick Blues 3. Dem Tambourines 4. Camp Meetin' 5. Eldorado Shuffle, The 6. Pigeon Peas 7. Senorita Eula 8. San Antonio Rose 9. Scrappy
Disc 2: 1. Lone Star Shuffle 2. Drawin' A Tip 3. Poor Butterfly 4. Movin' Out 5. Cookin' With Clarence 6. Easy Living 7. Happy Johnny 8. Blues For J 9. Sweet Cake
I love jazz because it mixes intellect and emotion in a very spontaneous way.
I was first exposed to jazz by liberating a Coltrane and a Pharoah Sanders record from a friend in NYC and listening to them over and over until I got it.
My advice to new listeners is you have to take the time to listen to some jazz tunes a number of times until it starts to make sense.