Spoon

Spoon

by Jimmy Witherspoon
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/28/2006
Label:
Collectables
UPC:
0090431772225
catalogNumber:
7722
Rank:
148748

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmy Witherspoon   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Herbie Harper   Trombone
Gerald Wilson   Trumpet
Lanny Morgan   Alto Saxophone
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   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
Fichera   Liner Notes

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