Jazz Me Blues: The Best of Jimmy Witherspoon

Jazz Me Blues: The Best of Jimmy Witherspoon

by Jimmy Witherspoon
     
 

Whether this is truly the "best" of Witherspoon is debatable -- there's nothing predating 1956 -- however, it's a good 20-track sampling of 1956-1966 material, favoring (but not limited to) his sessions for Prestige. Witherspoon puts his imprint on a lot of blues/R&B classics -- "Good Rockin' Tonight," "Bad Bad Whiskey," "One Scotch, OneSee more details below

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Whether this is truly the "best" of Witherspoon is debatable -- there's nothing predating 1956 -- however, it's a good 20-track sampling of 1956-1966 material, favoring (but not limited to) his sessions for Prestige. Witherspoon puts his imprint on a lot of blues/R&B classics -- "Good Rockin' Tonight," "Bad Bad Whiskey," "One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer," "C.C. Rider," "Money's Gettin' Cheaper," "T'Ain't Nobody's Bizness" -- and while not everyone will find these to be his definitive versions, they are all good ones. The roster of jazz luminaries heard at one point or another over the course of the disc is staggering, including Coleman Hawkins, Woody Herman, Gerry Mulligan, T-Bone Walker, Kenny Burrell, and Pepper Adams. Never do they overshadow the singer, and on the whole this is one of the better jazz/blues vocal collections available, displaying his skill in both small combos and big bands.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/06/1998
Label:
Prestige
UPC:
0025218310826
catalogNumber:
11008

Tracks

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmy Witherspoon   Primary Artist,Vocals
Pepper Adams   Baritone Saxophone
Richard Davis   Bass
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet
Woody Herman   Clarinet
Earl Hines   Piano
Roger Kellaway   Piano
Harold Land   Saxophone
Mel Lewis   Drums
Gerry Mulligan   Baritone Saxophone
Ted Nash   Saxophone
Jimmy Rowles   Piano
Ben Webster   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Gerald Wilson   Trumpet
Leo Wright   Alto Saxophone,Tambourine
Bobby Bryant   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Leonard Gaskin   Bass
George Tucker   Bass
Viola   Guitar
Bill Watrous   Trombone
Clifford Scott   Tenor Saxophone
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone
T-Bone Walker   Guitar
Charlie Kennedy   Saxophone
Porcino   Trumpet
Vernon Alley   Bass
Martin Banks   Trumpet
H.B. Barnum   Conductor
Kenny Burrell   Guitar
Conrad Gozzo   Trumpet
Teddy Edwards   Tenor Saxophone
Jesse Ehrlich   Strings
Ernie Freeman   Piano
William Green   Saxophone
Paul Griffin   Organ
Jimmy Hamilton   Bass
Hampton Hawes   Piano
Harry Hyams   Strings
Clarence Jones   Bass
Herb Lovelle   Drums
Gildo Mahones   Piano
Lew McCreary   Trombone
Jay Migliori   Saxophone
Herman Burell Mitchell   Guitar
Dick Nash   Trombone
Earl Palmer   Drums
Frank Rosolino   Trombone
Maurice Simon   Saxophone
Darrel Terwilliger   Strings
Gerald Vinci   Strings
Leroy Vinnegar   Bass
Westbrook   Guitar
Arthur Wright   Harmonica
Jimmy Bond   Bass
Stanley Harris   Strings
Procino   Trumpet
Jimmie Smith   Drums
Justin DiTullio   Strings
Bert Kendrix   Organ
Wayne Robertson   Drums
Walter Rower   Strings
Walter Wiemeyer   Strings
Johnny Vidor Strings   Strings
John Anderson   Trumpet
Jimmy Allen   Tenor Saxophone
Henry McDode   Piano
Bill Miller   Piano
Herman Mitchell   Guitar
Barr   Strings
Jimmy Miller   Drums

Technical Credits

Big Bill Broonzy   Composer
Roger Kellaway   Arranger
Jay McShann   Composer
Gerry Mulligan   Contributor
David Axelrod   Producer,Liner Notes
Thomas Davis   Composer
H.B. Barnum   Arranger
Ozzie Cadena   Director
Thomas Maxwell Davis   Composer
Peter Paul   Producer
Jimmy Witherspoon   Composer
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction

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