Jimmy Witherspoon

'Spoon & Groove

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This was originally released as Groovin' & Spoonin' on Olympic (7107). It's a decent if unremarkable set of blues-jazz, heavier on the blues, with organist Groove Holmes being Witherspoon's most important sideman on this date (which also features tenor saxophonist Teddy Edwards). Several of the numbers are shopworn standards like "Take This Hammer," "Key to the Highway," "Please Send Me Someone to Love," and "Since I Fell for You," though everything's performed with taste. If you're looking for Witherspoon blues-jazz with an organ groove, the 1963 album Evenin' Blues (1963) is more highly recommended, though 'Spoon & Groove has no serious flaws.

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