Jimmy Witherspoon - Olympia Concert

Jimmy Witherspoon's recording career began in '47 when he was 24 years old. Two years later he had his first hit with "Ain't Nobody's Business," and remained on top for the next decade. This recording was made during a French tour in the '60s, when 'Spoon' was touring with an all-star cast led by Buck Clayton. He was a huge hit in Europe, and this recording aptly demonstrates why.

Joined by Clayton and Emmet Berry on trumpet, Dicky Wells on trombone, Earl Warren on alto sax, Buddy Tate on tenor sax, Sir Charles Thompson on piano, Gene Ramey on bass, and Oliver Jackson on drums, this album is a testament to Witherspoon's greatness, and to the timeless nature of excellent music.

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I'll Always Be In Love With You Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You See See Rider I Make a Lot of Money Blowin' the Blues T Ain't Nobody's Business Everything You Do Is Wrong Roll 'Em Pete

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Additional Info

Format: Jazz Record
Soloist/Artist Jimmy Witherspoon
Instruments Music and Musicians
Composer No
Accompanist/ Conductor Buck Clayton, Emmet Berry, Dicky Wells, Earl Warren, Buddy Tate, Sir Charles Thompson, Gene Ramey, Oliver Jackson
SKU IC7014


Customer Reviews (3)

"As Blue As It Gets!"Review by Big Toots
IC 7014 Jimmy Witherspoon

Jimmy “Spoon” Witherspoon was always a utensil that cooked. And, this live recording from an April, 1961 Paris theatre session is a culinary institute of swing, soul and impeccable vocal delivery. Backed by a superb small big band, including trumpeter Buck Clayton, Witherspoon is sterling.

Witherspoon was unique as a jazz singer. Deeply blues-driven and drenched in same, he almost touches the R+B boundary (“see See Rider”). However, with Jimmy categories are irrelevant. “Le Grande Chanteur” kicks the date off with “I’ll Always Be in Love with You” and things get funky blue throughout.

The band is in full dress blues on this session. They accommodate Spoon’s rhythmic “play,” especially on the slower (very) material. Trumpeter Buck Clayton, sax man Earl Warren (not the judge but he certainly holds court) and bone man Dicky Wells each solo superbly. They buy heavily into Spoon’s blues tour (“Blowin' the Blues,” “Everything I Do Is Wrong”). But, this is Spoon’s kitchen all-around. His take on “’T ’Ain’t Nobody’s Business” would have Bessie getting blue.

“Jimmy Witherspoon” is an elegant eight-course blues fest. If she heard it, even Julia Child would drop her apron and buy it. Bon Appétit!
(Posted on 6/1/2015)
Jimmy WitherspoonReview by Simon Sez
It has always seemed strange to me that Jimmy Witherspoon had an up and down career because he basically always sounded the same, in a good way. A blues singer who, like Big Joe Turner, sounded like himself no matter what the setting (whether it was swinging jazz or lowdown blues), ‘Spoon was popular one year and forgotten the next. It made no sense because he always sounded great.
Witherspoon was doing well in 1961 when he was recorded at this concert with musicians who had earlier been with Count Basie like Buck Clayton, Dickie Wells and Buddy Tate. ‘Spoon sings his hit “T’ain’t Nobody’s Business” as if he had just discovered it and is also excellent on “See See Rider” and “Roll ‘Em Pete.” Olympia Concert has Jimmy Witherspoon sounding at his best.

Simon Sez: Jimmy Witherspoon always sounded good, singing and swinging the blues. Olympia Concert (IC7014) is one of his best.
(Posted on 5/6/2014)
Review by Michael G. Nastos.
Singing some of his own famous original numbers and well-known standards, Witherspoon sounds inspired and ready to do business with a great band of jazz legends in a six-piece horn section. A stellar rhythm section led by the great pianist Sir Charles Thompson backs the brass and saxes, also including veterans Gene Ramey on bass, and the incomparable drummer Oliver Jackson. The band can do no wrong, lifting the vocalist up an artistic notch or two, particularly on the slowest of slow tunes, where his masterfully perfect enunciation is his strongest attribute.
Jimmy Witherspoon, in his prime, was simply the very best at his craft. (Posted on 6/14/2013)

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