Blue Spoon / Spoon In London

Jimmy Witherspoon

Blue Spoon Spoon In London
  • CAT # OBCCD-591-25

    1. I Wonder 2:15
    2. It's A Low Down Dirty Shame 2:30
    3. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out 3:41
    4. Back To New Orleans 2:25
    5. It's All In The Game 6:22
    6. Blues In The Morning 5:00
    7. I'll Never Be Free 5:36
    8. Once There Lived A Fool 5:01
    9. For Old Time's Sake 2:15
    10. The Time Has Come 2:40
    11. Love Me Right 2:20
    12. Make This Heart Of Mine Smile Again 2:10
    13. Oh, How I Love You 2:14
    14. Free Spirits 2:37
    15. I Never Thought I'd See The Day 2:15
    16. Man Don't Cry 2:05
    17. Darlin', I Thank You 2:10
    18. A Million More Tomorrows 2:30
    19. Don't Come Back To Me For Sympathy 2:00
    20. Come On And Walk With Me 2:30
    21. Room For Everybody 2:45
    22. Two Hearts Are Better Than One 2:31

Jimmy Witherspoon (1923-1997) was one of the most versatile vocalists ever to be called a blues singer. Whether applying his distinctively resonant baritone to blues, jazz, pop, or gospel, the Arkansas-born crooner remained a model of musical relaxation. The two LPs combined on this CD present the singer in radically different environments. Blue Spoon from 1964 finds him placing his signature on blues standards including "Baby, Please Don't Go" (here titled "Back to New Orleans"), as well as some pop ballads, in stellar jazz company featuring Kenny Burrell. The following year's Spoon in London is one of the curiosities in the Witherspoon discography: It's pure mid- Sixties Brit-pop, complete with jangling guitars, bouncing beats, and a chirping chorus, albeit arranged by the American Benny Golson.

with Kenny Burrell, Roy Haynes, Eddie Kahn, Gildo Mahones

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