Jimmy Witherspoon – Jazz Me Blues: The Best Of Jimmy Witherspoon (1998/2021)

Jimmy Witherspoon - Jazz Me Blues: The Best Of Jimmy Witherspoon (1998/2021)
Artist: Jimmy Witherspoon
Album: Jazz Me Blues: The Best Of Jimmy Witherspoon
Label: Prestige
Year Of Release: 1998/2021
Quality: FLAC (tracks)

Tracklist:
01. Good Rockin’ Tonight
02. Wee Baby Blues
03. When I’ve Been Drinkin’
04. When The Lights Go Out
05. Bad Bad Whiskey
06. One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer
07. Endless Sleep
08. I’ll Go On Living
09. I Had A Dream
10. S.K. Blues
11. Trouble In Mind
12. How Long Will It Take To Be A Man?
13. I Don’t Know
14. In The Dark
15. If You Live The Life, You Pay The Price
16. Money’s Gettin’ Cheaper
17. Grab Me A Freight
18. C.C. Rider (Live At The Renaissance, Hollywood, CA / December 2 & 9, 1959)
19. How Long Blues (Live At The Renaissance, Hollywood, CA / December 2 & 9, 1959)
20. T’Ain’t Nobody’s Bizness If I Do (Live At The Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey, CA / October 2, 1959)

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Whether this is truly the “best” of Witherspoon is debatable there’s nothing predating 1956 however, it’s a good 20-track sampling of 1956-1966 material, favoring (but not limited to) his sessions for Prestige. Witherspoon puts his imprint on a lot of blues/R&B classics “Good Rockin’ Tonight,” “Bad Bad Whiskey,” “One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer,” “C.C. Rider,” “Money’s Gettin’ Cheaper, “T’Ain’t Nobody’s Bizness” and while not everyone will find these to be his definitive versions, they are all good ones. The roster of jazz luminaries heard at one point or another over the course of the disc is staggering, including Coleman Hawkins, Woody Herman, Gerry Mulligan, T-Bone Walker, Kenny Burrell, and Pepper Adams. Never do they overshadow the singer, and on the whole this is one of the better jazz/blues vocal collections available, displaying his skill in both small combos and big bands.

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