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Jimmy Witherspoon: Four Classic Albums Plus (Goin’ To Kansas City Blues / Witherspoon Mulligan Webster At The Renaissance / Jimmy Witherspoon At Monterey / In Person (Olympia Concert) (2CD)

Jimmy Witherspoon: Four Classic Albums Plus (Goin’ To Kansas City Blues / Witherspoon Mulligan Webster At The Renaissance / Jimmy Witherspoon At Monterey / In Person (Olympia Concert) (2CD)

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AVID Jazz presents four classic Jimmy Witherspoon albums plus including original LP liner notes on a finely re-mastered and low priced double CD.
“Goin’ To Kansas City Blues”; “Witherspoon, Mulligan & Webster at the Renaissance”; “Jimmy Witherspoon at Monterey” and “In Person (Olympia Concert)” plus Modern Singles
The opening line from the original liner notes of “Goin’ to Kansas City Blues” just about sum up the story of Jimmy Witherspoon - “Jimmy Witherspoon and the blues just sort of drifted together”. Born in Arkansas in 1923, Witherspoon met the blues in of all the unlikely places, Calcutta , India, while he was serving in the US merchant marine. In 1944 he became vocalist for the Jay McShann band and our first album finds him once again linking up with the man who he says “taught him everything”. Next up the “Spoon” is heard live “At the Renaissance” in 1959 accompanied by an incredible line up of some of the greatest jazz men of the era. Gerry Mulligan on baritone sax, Ben Webster on tenor sax, Mel Lewis on drums, Leroy Vinegar on bass and Jimmy Rowles on piano. The music however is primarily the blues with the entire band playing as if they were born to play it! As the original liner notes testify of Mulligans playing on CC Rider……”must be considered by many his best blues playing on record”. Having heard the latest Witherspoon album and dug it, Jimmy Lyons, master mind behind the Monterey Jazz Festival, sent an invitation to Spoon to play at Monterey in 1959. Another fine heavyweight jazz line up joins Spoon on stage for “Jimmy Witherspoon at Monterey”. How’s this lot…..Roy Eldridge on trumpet, Woody Herman on clarinet, Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster on tenor saxes, Earl Hines on piano, Vernon Alley on bass and Mel Lewis on drums……….phew! Not surprisingly with such a fine singer and an amazing band the gig was a resounding success. Witherspoon was quoted….”this is the greatest thing that ever happened to me……I’m proud tonight”. So proud was he that he even offered to play the next night….. for free! We’re live again in 1961 for “In Person” at the Paris Olympia Theatre where Spoon joins the Buck Clayton Orchestra in a “testimony to the perennial nature of the blues, authentic and up to date”. Plus 10 tracks from the Modern label from 1949-50.
All four albums plus have been digitally re-mastered

1-10: ‘Goin’ To Kansas City Blues’
1. Jumpin’ The Blues
2. Until The Real Thing Comes Along
3. Hootie Blues
4. Rain Is Such A Lonesome Sound
5. Confessin’ The Blues
6. Piney Brown Blues
7. Froggy Bottom
8. Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good To You
9. Blue Monday Blues
10. Ooo Wee, Then The Lights Go Out
11-21: ‘Witherspoon Mulligan Webster At The Renassaince’
11. Introduction
12. Time’s Gettin’ Tougher Than Tough
13. How Long
14. Corina-Corina
15. C. C. Rider
16. Roll ‘Em Pete
17. Every Day
18. Outskirts Of Town
19. Goin’ To Kansas City
20. Trouble In Mind
21. St. Louis Blues
22. Failing By Degrees from Modern Label Singles
23. New Orleans Woman from Modern Label Singles
24. Drinkin’ Beer from Modern Label Singles

1-5: ‘Jimmy Witherspoon At Monterey’
1. No Rollin’ Blues
2. Good Rockin’ Tonight
3. Big Fine Girl
4. T’Ain’t Nobody’s Business
5. When I Been Drinkin’
6-13: ‘In Person (Olympia Concert)’
6. I’ll Always Be In Love With You
7. Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good To You
8. See See Rider
9. I Make A Lot Of Money
10. Blowin’ The Blues
11. ‘Tain’t Nobody’s Business
12. Everything You Do Is Wrong
13. Roll ‘Em Pete
14. Take Me Back Baby from Modern Label Singles
15. When I Had My Money from Modern Label Singles
16. Hard Workin’ Blues from Modern Label Singles
17. Better Love Next Time from Modern Label Singles
18. Don’t Ever Move A Woman Into Your House from Modern Label Singles
19. I’m Just A Ladies Man from Modern Label Singles
20. Once There Lived A Fool from Modern Label Singles

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