Live at the 1972 Monterey Jazz Festival

Live at the 1972 Monterey Jazz Festival

by Jimmy Witherspoon
     
 

Blues vocalist Jimmy Witherspoon is at the peak of his performing career during this 1972 Monterey Jazz Festival set, where he is backed by a young but enthusiastic electric band that he had recruited after hearing them open for him in a club the previous year. Witherspoon is in a playful mood, frequently speaking to the crowd. The program is filled with several… See more details below

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Blues vocalist Jimmy Witherspoon is at the peak of his performing career during this 1972 Monterey Jazz Festival set, where he is backed by a young but enthusiastic electric band that he had recruited after hearing them open for him in a club the previous year. Witherspoon is in a playful mood, frequently speaking to the crowd. The program is filled with several Witherspoon's most popular numbers, including the humorous "I'm Going to Move to the Outskirts of Town," "Kansas City," and "Early One Morning." Following his raucous take of "Walkin' by Myself," the stage curtain is evidently pulled prematurely, provoking an extended outburst from the singer, who repeatedly threatens to cut the curtain with his knife to the delight of the crowd. His relaxing "Ain't Nobody's Business What I Do" is truncated as he explains to the crowd that he is dedicating "I Want a Little Girl" to Jimmy Rushing (a blues giant who had passed away a few months earlier), incorporating a few asides to the crowd and featuring Robben Ford's blistering guitar. Ford incites the audience with his solo in "Goin' Down Slow" with the leader shouting his name repeatedly to encourage their response. Unfortunately, the master tape runs out prior to the end of "Reds and Whiskey," a playful song inspired by Witherspoon's dangerous mixing of pills with booze, where a hippy hands his alto sax on-stage, with the leader passing it on to Ford, who manages to solo for a chorus in spite of its nasty mouthpiece. "When I Been Drinkin'" is a bonus track from Witherspoon's 1959 appearance at Monterey (a concert that is available in complete form in the compilation The 'Spoon Concerts) features the vocalist with an all-star jazz band that includes Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, Woody Herman, and Earl Hines.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/05/2008
Label:
Monterey Jazz Fest
UPC:
0888072306387
catalogNumber:
30638

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmy Witherspoon   Primary Artist,Vocals
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet
Robben Ford   Guitar,Alto Saxophone
Woody Herman   Clarinet
Earl Hines   Piano
Mel Lewis   Drums
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone
Vernon Alley   Bass
Jim Baum   Drums
Stanley Poplin   Bass
Paul Nagel   fender rhodes

Technical Credits

Big Bill Broonzy   Composer
Willie Mabon   Composer
Robben Ford   Author
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Greg Allen   Art Direction
Jim Baum   Author
Don Geis   Engineer
Porter Grainger   Composer
St. Louis Jimmy Oden   Composer
Saunders King   Composer
Billy Moll   Composer
Jason Olaine   Author
Stanley Poplin   Author
Mike Stoller   Composer
Will Weldon   Composer
Jimmy Witherspoon   Arranger,Composer
Paul Nagel   Author
Glen Barros   Series Executive Producer
Murray Mencher   Composer
Everett Robbins   Composer
Tim "T-Bone" Jackson   Author,Series Executive Producer
Larissa Collins   Art Direction

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