Spoon

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This 1961 large-band jazz date places Jimmy Witherspoon on the Reprise label in the company of some heavy hitters -- Teddy Edwards on saxophone, Gerald Wilson on trumpet, Gerald Wiggins on piano, trombonist Herbie Harper, bassist Jimmy Bond, and guitarist Al Viola -- just to name a few. The program on Spoon, of course, is mostly standards, with Witherspoon doing a wondrous job in his readings of "Lover Come Back to Me," "Ain't Misbehavin," "It Only Happens Once," and "A Blues Serenade." In addition, his takes on Duke Ellington's "I'm Beginning to See the Light," "Do Nothin' 'Til You Hear from Me," and "Just a Sittin' and a Rockin'" are startling interpretations. The ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This 1961 large-band jazz date places Jimmy Witherspoon on the Reprise label in the company of some heavy hitters -- Teddy Edwards on saxophone, Gerald Wilson on trumpet, Gerald Wiggins on piano, trombonist Herbie Harper, bassist Jimmy Bond, and guitarist Al Viola -- just to name a few. The program on Spoon, of course, is mostly standards, with Witherspoon doing a wondrous job in his readings of "Lover Come Back to Me," "Ain't Misbehavin," "It Only Happens Once," and "A Blues Serenade." In addition, his takes on Duke Ellington's "I'm Beginning to See the Light," "Do Nothin' 'Til You Hear from Me," and "Just a Sittin' and a Rockin'" are startling interpretations. The arrangements here, by Bob Florence, are colorful, and just large enough to highlight Witherspoon's open baritone. The contrast between the orchestra's pop-jazz leanings and Witherspoon's bluesy swing are sometimes hair-raising. The strange reverb sound that comes across in Collectables' CD remaster is a bit irritating, but this is the only way this brilliant session is available on compact disc. This is one of those recordings that offers a true starting point for the mature Witherspoon at the absolute top of his powers as a song interpreter and singer supported by a deeply sympathetic orchestra.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/28/2006
  • Label: Collectables
  • UPC: 090431772225
  • Catalog Number: 7722
  • Sales rank: 239,905

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jimmy Witherspoon Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Herbie Harper Trombone
Gerald Wilson Trumpet
Lanny Morgan Alto Saxophone
Al Viola Guitar
Si Zentner Trombone
Teddy Edwards Bass
Earl Palmer Drums
Jimmy Bond Bass
Gerry Wiggins Piano
Technical Credits
Sigmund Romberg Composer
Frankie Laine Composer
Johnny Hodges Composer
Harry James Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Bud Green Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Harry Ruby Composer
Sam H. Stept Composer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Ray Avery Cover Photo
Merle Shore Art Direction
Arthur Johnston Composer
Sam Coslow Composer
Don George Composer
Lee Gaines Composer
Al Fichera Liner Notes
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