The 'Spoon Concerts

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
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: 7/11/1989
  • Label: Fantasy
  • UPC: 025218240123
  • Catalog Number: 24701
  • Sales rank: 226,846

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jimmy Witherspoon Primary Artist, 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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