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Jimmy Witherspoon with the Duke Robillard Band

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The material on this album was recorded in concert shortly before Jimmy Witherspoon's death at age 74, and it appears that this was his last recording. The significance of that fact cuts both ways on this attractive but sometimes frustrating album. On the one hand, fans will welcome it as a last document of Witherspoon's undeniable talent and presence. On the other hand, it's hard to overlook the fact that by this point he was no longer at the peak of his powers. Although he tries gamely to generate the energy of his past work -- and occasionally succeeds, as on the electrifying "I'll Always Be in Love With You" -- for the most part his voice is phlegmy and weak, his ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The material on this album was recorded in concert shortly before Jimmy Witherspoon's death at age 74, and it appears that this was his last recording. The significance of that fact cuts both ways on this attractive but sometimes frustrating album. On the one hand, fans will welcome it as a last document of Witherspoon's undeniable talent and presence. On the other hand, it's hard to overlook the fact that by this point he was no longer at the peak of his powers. Although he tries gamely to generate the energy of his past work -- and occasionally succeeds, as on the electrifying "I'll Always Be in Love With You" -- for the most part his voice is phlegmy and weak, his intonation approximate at best. Duke Robillard works well with Witherspoon, goosing his band to a level of energy intended to invigorate the aging singer without overpowering him, and delivering sharp and witty solos that keep things lively and interesting. There is also a fine cameo appearance by the British blues singer Long John Baldry, whose presence also seems to give Witherspoon a shot in the arm. Overall, though, this is an album that will appeal primarily to diehard fans of the singer and to Robillard completists.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/13/1998
  • Label: Stony Plain Music
  • UPC: 772532125222
  • Catalog Number: 1252

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jimmy Witherspoon Primary Artist, Vocals
Duke Robillard Guitar, Vocals
Marty Ballou Bass
Gordon "Sax" Beadle Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Marty Richards Drums
Technical Credits
Long John Baldry Duet
Duke Robillard Producer, Remixing, Mastering
Robben Ford Composer
Jack Wilson Composer
Al Smith Composer
T-Bone Walker Composer
John Paul Gauthier Remixing
Porter Grainger Composer
Bud Green Composer
Holger Petersen Executive Producer
Herman Ruby Composer
Sam H. Stept Composer
Nick Stevens Mastering
Jimmy Witherspoon Composer
Mark Noderer Mastering
Luther Dixon Composer
James Burke Oden Composer
Don Pennington Engineer
Everett Robbins Composer
James "Bizi" Dittiger Cover Photo
Rick Fenton Radio Producer
Gary Herald Engineer
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