Personnel: Gerry Mulligan (saxophone, baritone saxophone); Jimmy Witherspoon (vocals, harmonica); Jimmy Rowles (piano); Mel Lewis (drums).
Additional personnel: Ben Webster (saxophone, tenor saxophone).
Recording information: Renaissance Club, Los Angeles, CA (12/02/1959).
In what sounds like a late-'50s session at the Renaissance Club in Los Angeles, blues belter Jimmy Witherspoon is backed by an all-star quintet featuring soloists Ben Webster and Gerry Mulligan, with pianist Jimmy Rowles and his trio. There are ten classic selections: first-rate familiar tunes to all fans of the blues, and not a speck of cereal filler. 'Spoon and his band sound on the money, but the only problem lies in the production values, where the musicians -- and especially the vocalist -- are distant, and recorded a bit thinly. Regardless, this is a collection most fans of the legendary Witherspoon should want and search for. ~ Michael G. Nastos