Baby-Face Willette (org), Gene Barge (as), Ben White (g), Jerold Donavon, Eugene Bass (d)
Bar code: 8436019587027
Roosevelt Baby-Face Willette's early background was in gospel piano but after taking up jazz organ he appeared on Blue Note records in the early 60s under the leadership of Lou Donaldson and Grant Green, before making albums of his own, including two albums as a leader).
Willette abruptly left Blue Note and soon resurfaced on Argo. Issued on the Argo label in 1964, these two albums are a prime example of soulful jazz organ from the time when funk was in its infancy. Both sets are further proof that if Willette had not been so underexposed, he certainly would not be quite so underrated.
01. Behind The 8 Ball
02. Song Of The Universe
04. Taco's Joe
05. Roll' em Pete
06. Just A Closer Walk
07. St. James Infirmary
08. Sinnin' Sam
10. Bantu Penda
11. Dad's Theme
12. But Not For Me
14. Unseen and Unknown
15. Zip Five
16. Sight in Darkness
Total Time: 71: 27 min.
Tracks #1-8, from the album "Behind The 8 Ball" (Argo LP LPS-749)
Tracks #9-16, from the album "Mo-Rock" (Argo LP 739)
Personnel on 'Behind the 8 Ball':
Baby-Face Willette (organ), Ben White (guitar), Jerold Donavon (drums), Gene Barge (alto sax, only on #3).
Recorded in Chicago, November 30, 1964
Personnel on 'Mo-Rock':
Baby-Face Willette (organ), Ben White (guitar), Eugene Bass (drums).
Recorded in Chicago, March 27 & April 2, 1964
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