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'Spoon & Groove

  • 1. Take This Hammer, Pt. 1
    2. Goin' to Chicago
    3. In Blues
    4. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You
    5. Loser's Blues
    6. Please Send Me Someone to Love
    7. Key to the Highway
    8. Cry the Blues
    9. Out Blues (For Big Joe)
    10. Since I Fell for You
    11. Everything
    12. Take This Hammer, Pt. 2
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1015

  • Credits

    /Groove Holmes.
    Personnel includes: Jimmy Witherspoon (vocals); Groove Holmes (Hammond B-3 organ).
    All tracks have been digitally remastered.
    Personnel: Jimmy Witherspoon (vocals, guitar).
    Recording information: 1961.
    This underrated '60s session finds Witherspoon in an especially sympathetic setting. Groove Holmes' jazz/R&B organ work is the perfect complement to Witherspoon's genre-bending combination of jazz, soul, and Big Joe Turner-influenced blues. SPOON & GROOVE fuses all of those elements into an irresistible whole not entirely dissimilar to Sam Cooke's NIGHT BEAT. Both albums feature jazzy interpretations of classic tunes from the rhythm & blues pantheon.
    There are pleasant surprises around every corner. Pianist Paul Moer leads off the Big Joe nod "Out Blues" with a rhumba intro, and the old spiritual "Take This Hammer" is transformed into some of the funkiest testifying this side of, well, Sam Cooke. Drummer Frank Butler injects a strong post-Elvin Jones bebop sensibility into the proceedings with his standout solo on "Goin' To Chicago Blues," a staple of Witherspoon idol Jimmy Rushing. Impossible to pigeonhole, this elegant mongrel of a recording shows that Witherspoon's ears and heart match his famous frame and his luxurious, sensual voice.

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