Johnny Hammond Cooks with Gator Tail – 1962

Label: Prestige
Cat #: 7239
Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, June 12, 1962
Japanese CD Reissue
JVC Japan, 41878

Reissued at Good ‘Nuff, Prestige #7846

Johnny Hammond Cooks With Gator Tail

Track Listing
1. Sonja’s Dreamland (Smith)
2. Delicious (Smith)
3. Besame Mucho (Skylar, Velazquez)
4. Neck Bones (Smith)
5. Good ‘Nuff (Smith)
6. Y’all (Jackson)
7. Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen

Johnny “Hammond” Smith – Organ
Willis “Gator” Jackson – Tenor Sax
Eddie McFadden – Guitar
Leo Stevens – Drums

Billboard Magazine Review, October 20, 1962:
Johnny (Hammond) Smith and Willis Jackson. Prestige 7239 – Two of the better selling artists on the Prestige label team up here for a swinging LP. Hammond’s bluesy organ style is a fine, moody partner for the wailing Willis Jackson tenor sax style. The tempo is changed attractively throughout for continual change of pace. The rhythm section fulfills its function with alacrity throughout, making for an album that’s exciting as well as musical. Some of the better tracks are “Besame Mucho,” “Neckbone” and “Y’All.”

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