'Spoon Concerts

'Spoon Concerts

by Jimmy Witherspoon
     
 

This single CD (which reissues all of the music from an earlier two-LP set) includes the high point of singer Jimmy Witherspoon's career. On October 2, 1959, he appeared at the Monterey Jazz Festival and created such a sensation that it caused his career to go through a renaissance. Heard at the peak of his powers, Witherspoon holds his own with a mighty group of… See more details below

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This single CD (which reissues all of the music from an earlier two-LP set) includes the high point of singer Jimmy Witherspoon's career. On October 2, 1959, he appeared at the Monterey Jazz Festival and created such a sensation that it caused his career to go through a renaissance. Heard at the peak of his powers, Witherspoon holds his own with a mighty group of veterans (trumpeter Roy Eldridge, both Ben Webster and Coleman Hawkins on tenors, clarinetist Woody Herman, pianist Earl Hines, bassist Vernon Alley, and drummer Mel Lewis). Although the five-song set only lasted 25 minutes, Witherspoon's performance was the hit of the festival. The other half of this CD features Witherspoon romping through ten mostly traditional blues songs two months later with Webster, baritonist Gerry Mulligan, pianist Jimmy Rowles, bassist Leroy Vinnegar, and drummer Mel Lewis; the performance is equally exciting. Highly recommended, this CD is the one truly essential Jimmy Witherspoon release.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/11/1989
Label:
Fantasy
UPC:
0025218240123
catalogNumber:
24701
Rank:
200734

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmy Witherspoon   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet
Woody Herman   Clarinet
Earl Hines   Piano
Mel Lewis   Drums
Gerry Mulligan   Baritone Saxophone
Jimmy Rowles   Piano
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone
Vernon Alley   Bass
Leroy Vinnegar   Bass

Technical Credits

Big Bill Broonzy   Composer
Roy Eldridge   Contributor
Woody Herman   Contributor
Earl Hines   Contributor
Mel Lewis   Contributor
Gerry Mulligan   Contributor
Jimmy Rowles   Contributor
Ben Webster   Contributor
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Coleman Hawkins   Contributor
Andy Razaf   Composer
Vernon Alley   Contributor
Mike Stoller   Composer
Leroy Vinnegar   Contributor
Will Weldon   Composer
Ralph J. Gleason   Liner Notes
Joe Tarantino   Mastering
Tony Lane   Art Direction
Traditional   Composer
Jim Marshall   Cover Photo

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