Live at the 1972 Monterey Jazz Festival

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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: 8/5/2008
  • Label: Monterey Jazz Fest
  • UPC: 888072306387
  • Catalog Number: 30638
  • Sales rank: 177,213

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, Digital Editing
Stanley Poplin Author
Mike Stoller Composer
Will Weldon Composer
Jimmy Witherspoon Arranger, Composer
Paul Nagel Author
Joe Tarantino Mastering
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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