|Live in London
(Harkit Records HRKCD 8065)
Introduction by Ronnie Scott • Every Day • In the Evening
• Kansas City • Trouble in Mind • Nobody Knows You When You're Down and
Out • Take This Hammer • Mean Mistreater • Lotus Blossom • St. Louis Blues
• Hey, Mrs Jones • I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town • Some Of My
Best Friends Are The Blues • Big Fine Girl • Just a Dream • I Don't Know
• Big Rollin' Blues • Roll 'Em Pete
Jimmy Witherspoon, vocals; Ronnie Scott, tenor saxophone;
Stan Tracey, piano; Freddie Logan, bass; Bill Eyden, drums
Recorded live at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, London in May 1966.
Recorded by Les Tomkins
This CD has never been issued before!
And what a sublime selection it is! Spoon sails
through an assortment of the choicest items from his considerable
blues repertoire. After Ronnie's enthusiastic introductory statement,
the full impact of his rich, rumbustious delivery registers with
the perennial Every Day. Then he takes the tempo down for a heartfelt
In The Evening, with nice Scott noodling. Up again for the comparatively
recent Leiber/Stoller favourite, Kansas City, and back to slow and
soulful for the classic Trouble In Mind.
Described by Spoon as 'the story of my life',
Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out holds special significance
for him, re that fallow 'fifties period. Take This Hammer has a
particularly hard-hitting Ronnie Scott solo. In Mean Mistreater
some jollity in the crowd brings amusement to the singer. Lotus
Blossom proves a groovy vehicle for Ronnie and Stan; the song's
actual meaning is revealed in his last chorus.
The revered W.C. Handy wrote St. Louis Blues,
but Spoon adds some useful couplets of his own. This ends his first
set, and the second follows, kicked off by a groovy tune that uses
a 'shuffle' mode and some stop-time: Hey, Mrs. Jones. The female
blues pioneer 'Ma' Rainey recorded her See See Rider in 1924, and
42 years later it's still an ideal slow-burner; It's great to sing
today, for that matter. The easy swing of the declamatory I'm Gonna
Move To The Outskirts Of Town (famously recorded by Louis Jordan)
engenders inspired spots of Stan and Ronnie. The spaced-out Some
Of My Best Friends Are The Blues had been written as a Spoon special.
Big Fine Girl is an up-tempo tribute to a luscious lady.
Another one bringing audience reaction is Big
Bill Broonzy's ironic Just A Dream, well-remembered from his previous
visit. I Dont Know, with its lively, witty lyrics, also earns a
big response. No Rollin' Blues is an easy-going opus that could
only end with 'Oh - yeah'. Thai Pete Johnson/Joe Turner standby
Roll 'Em, Pete is superbly sung and soloed on, and makes a stirring
closer. What an evening it was - The Blues at its very best!
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