Don Wilkerson — The Texas Twister

This 1960 Riverside release was the debut for Texas-based tenor player Don Wilkerson.  Three Blue Note LPs would follow over the next several years, which I haven’t heard yet, but would love to check out.  He sounds great here and is joined by an excellent group: Nat Adderley (cor), Barry Harris (p), Billy Higgins (dr), and Sam Jones or Leroy Vinnegar on bass.  Cannonball Adderley produced the session and wrote the opening burner “The Twister”, which is included below.

(Details: Riverside RLP 332/mono/blue deepgroove/”reels”)

Don Wilkerson — The Twister

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One Response to Don Wilkerson — The Texas Twister

  1. Katharsis says:

    This is great record, often overlooked in the Riverside catalogue by my opinion. I prefer it over his later Outings for Blue Note, because on ‘The Twister’ he really cooks. With his raunchy Texas Tenor he often sounds more advantageous than the Music itself is.
    I had to look for quite some time to get a nice copy. Great find!

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