Saturday, February 03, 2007

J. J. Jackson - Greatest Little Soul Band in the Land (1969?)

It's been a while since I posted any soul music and this is some damn fine soul music (with jazz and rock moments to boot). I wasn't sure whether I should post it though since, although it hasn't appeared on CD, there was a vinyl reissue a few years back and it is still possible to pick up a new copy if you look hard enough (this rip though was from the original vinyl on the Congress label).

Jerome Louis "J.J." Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, and arranger (and NOT a VeeJay) who wrote music and arrangements for Jack McDuff, Jimmy Witherspoon, the Shangri-Las, and others before branching out to perform his own songs. He recorded a hit (#4 on the Billboard charts) in England in 1966 with his own composition "But It's Alright" using a backup band of British session musicians. I guess it worked well enough for him that he decided to stay in the UK where he recorded 3 lps over the course of 4 years. This is the 2nd and also features a lineup of British (and at least one Jamaican) musicians including members of the jazz-rock fusion band If and one of the greatest trombonists of reggae music. Here's the full line up of the group:

Dick Morrissey - Saxophone, Sax (Tenor)
Larry Steele - Bass
Ronny Stephenson - Drums
Jeff Whittaker - Conga
John Marshall - Saxophone, Sax (Baritone)
Rico Rodriguez - Trombone
Terry Smith - Guitar, Guitar (Electric)
J.J. Jackson - Percussion, Vocals, Main Performer, Keyboards, Piano
Roy Edwards - Trumpet
Bill Egden - Drums
Stu Hammer - Trumpet
Brian Henderson - Organ, Keyboards Terry Jenkins - Drums

And here's the songlist:

1 Tobacco Road (6:08)
2 Tenement Halls (5:17)
3 Something for My People (4:02)
4 In the Same Old Way (2:56)
5 Change Is Gonna Come (6:31)
6 Fat, Black and Together (3:41)
7 Win, Lose or Draw (3:59)
8 That's Woman Loving Her Man (4:23)

And listen to the music here.



Michael said...

I can't seem to get the link to work... darn..

Max said...

I'll post it on a different server as well--meant to do that anyway.

Michael said...

Thank you so much! I LOVE your site.... really.

Anonymous said...

I can't seem to get it to work either..

Bye the way, loved Lottie Golden!

Standin'AtTheCrossroads said...

hi ! any chance for re- post?

Max said...

It's reposted!

Standin'AtTheCrossroads said...

Thanx Again! my friend !

Anonymous said...

Must be at least one original out there as I only just got rid of mine, which JJ gave me. I was going out with the roadie Alan and used to help him. Ronnie Scott had a lot to do with this band too. Brian and Larry are still pals. Not sure what happened to Ronnie as he was in the van with Alan when they had an accident and R.lost some fingers. Very traumatic. I remember lots of driving, lots of marquee tents, hard work and stuff flying from the back of the van into the drivers cab as the other driver was a speed freak. Oh happy days!

Unknown said...

Max - thanks for posting this - I was one of the kids on the cover (double bass) I was only 7 at the time - we were on the London hill overlooking the Post Office Tower - it was soooo cold and our hands were frozen! Great memories!!!!