At the Monterey Festival
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INCLUDES 2 BONUS TRACKS
4 1/2 STARS ALL MUSIC GUIDE
This essential LP edition includes the blues giant’s sensational live album, "At The Monterey Jazz Festival",which was originally released in 1959 on the HiFi Jazz label. This long play is filled with superb tracks featuring tremendous solos and great accompaniment by Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Roy Eldridge, Woody Herman and Earl Hines, among others. “During the courseof the set Jimmy Witherspoon sang at Monterey”, recalled journalist Ralph J. Gleason, “there were many moments that remain in my memory. Most of them are on this album. For instance, there’s the great introduction Earl Hines plays on ‘Ain’t Nobody’s Business’ …Roy Eldridge’s meted trumpet on the same tune …’Spoon crooning ‘rain, rain’ later in the song and then Ben Webster’s magnificent solo. Ben started to blow that solo and a thrill ran through the audience.”
In addition to the original masterpiece, this Vinyl Lovers collector’s edition also includes 2 bonus tracks from the same period: “Froggy Bottom” and “Oo Wee, Then the Lights Go Out.” All of these fabulous songs give a solid and revealing portrait of Witherspoon’s genius as well as his rightful place in the blues pantheon.
JIMMY WITHERSPOON, vocals, plus:
Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins (ts), Roy Eldridge (tp), Woody Herman (cl),
Earl “Fatha” Hines (p), Vernon Alley (b), Mel Lewis (d).
Recorded live at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey, October 2, 1959.
(*) BONUS TRACKS: Jimmy Witherspoon (voc), Jay McShann (p, and leader),
Seldon Powell (ts), Heywood Henry, Al Sears (bs), Hilton Jefferson (as),
Ray Copeland, Emmet Berry (tp), J.C. Higginbotham (tb), Kenny Burrell (g),
Gene Ramey (b), Elmer “Mousey” Alexander (d).
Recorded in New York City, April 12 or May 12, 1957.
1. NO ROLLIN’ BLUES
2. GOOD ROCKIN’ TONIGHT
3. BIG FINE GIRL
4. FROGGY BOTTOM (*)
1. AIN’T NOBODY’S BUSINESS (IF I DO)
2. WHEN I’VE BEEN DRINKIN’
3. OO WEE, THEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT (*)
(*) BONUS TRACKS