Havin' a Good Time

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
This CD fills an important gap in the discographies of both Joe Williams and Ben Webster. While Williams was in town for a week-long gig at Pio's in Providence, Rhode Island, he and his group pianist Junior Mance, bassist Bob Cranshaw and drummer Mickey Roker were surprised to find Ben Webster in the club one night, so he was invited to sit in. A tape of this performance was given to Williams afterwards, though nothing happened until after the singer's widow gave it to Hamilton College, which finally contacted Hyena about issuing it. Everyone on the date is in terrific form and it turns out that this show was recorded on the very same night as Webster's Enja album Live at ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
This CD fills an important gap in the discographies of both Joe Williams and Ben Webster. While Williams was in town for a week-long gig at Pio's in Providence, Rhode Island, he and his group pianist Junior Mance, bassist Bob Cranshaw and drummer Mickey Roker were surprised to find Ben Webster in the club one night, so he was invited to sit in. A tape of this performance was given to Williams afterwards, though nothing happened until after the singer's widow gave it to Hamilton College, which finally contacted Hyena about issuing it. Everyone on the date is in terrific form and it turns out that this show was recorded on the very same night as Webster's Enja album Live at Pio's. Williams is masterful throughout the evening, inserting a touch of humor to his receptive and attentive audience as he glides effortlessly through the set. Although he confesses to not knowing all of the lyrics to a request "That's All", he tackles it anyway. The vocalist is especially complemented by Webster's robust tenor in a sensitive ballad like "A Hundred Years From Today" or a mid-tempo swinger like "Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin'." It's hard to pick highlights, but Williams carries off his signature tune in great fashion. Like many club recordings made in the mid-'60s, the sound quality of the rhythm section is a tad muddy, but any fan of Joe Williams will easily adjust to it and groove along with the masterful singer and his special guest. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/2005
  • Label: Sin-Drome Records
  • UPC: 825005933128
  • Catalog Number: 9331
  • Sales rank: 165,218

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Williams Primary Artist, Vocals
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Bob Cranshaw Bass
Junior Mance Piano
Mickey Roker Drums
Technical Credits
Count Basie Composer
Fats Waller Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Felice Bryant Composer
Boudleaux Bryant Composer
Howard Dietz Composer
Joel Dorn Producer, Liner Notes
Duke Ellington Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Fud Livingston Composer
Gene Paul Mastering
Monk Rowe Liner Notes
Arthur Schwartz Composer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Ned Washington Composer
Victor Young Composer
Matty Malneck Composer
Harry Brooks Composer
Curtis Lewis Composer
Joe Young Composer
Edgar Leslie Composer
Lee Gaines Composer
Sidney Wyche Composer
Mayme Watts Composer
Jamie Polaski Mastering
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