Tracks 1-12 of this excellent reissue represents Jimmy Witherspoon's original album 'Singin' The Blues' recorded in Los Angeles on May 8 & 16, 1958. Spoon is in great voice with Harry "Sweets" Edison or Gerald Wilson(trumpet); Teddy Edwards, Jimmy Allen(tenor sax); Hampton Hawes(piano); Herman Mitchell(guitar); Jimmy Hamilton(bass) & Jimmy Miller(drums). Tracks 13-19 were recorded in Los Angeles in 1960 with Spoon(vocal); Teddy Edwards(tenor sax); Paul Moer(piano); Herman Mitchell(guitar); Jimmy Bond(bass) & Frank Butler(drums). Track 20 is a version of 'Goin' Down Slow' recorded in Hollywood in early 1958 with Spoon(vocal); Teddy Edwards(tenor sax), plus unknown guitar, piano, bass & drums. Tracks 21-22 were recorded in Los Angeles on February 19, 1970 with Spoon(vocal); Harry "Sweets" Edison(trumpet); Plas Johnson(electric tenor sax); Gildo Mahones(el-piano); Art Hillery(organ); Mel Brown, Arthur Adams(guitar); Ray Brown(bass, electric bass) & Earl Palmer(drums). Jimmy Witherspoon's original 'Singin' The Blues' is an unjustly overlooked jazz-blues classic and it's good to have this reissued along with three rare sessions as a bonus.
BTW ~ This review applies to the expanded JAZZBEAT 539 reissue(2009).
I like the Spoon's singin' and this is a fine collection of him beltin' out shouters and groovin' along smoochers.The band plays well and it all hangs together just mightily. The "Beep beep" blues still makes me wonder what all the "s..t" was about! Play it again Jimmy.