I was bummed after hearing of Joe Williams' death in early April. A sophisticated big band singer best known for his work with Count Basie, Williams was also an admirer of the great blues shouter Joe Turner. Williams tackles some Turner-style material on this 1983 CD featuring Jack McDuff (organ), Red Holloway (tenor sax), Eddie Cleanhead Vinson (sax and vocals), Phil Upchurch (guitar) and Ray Brown (bass). These veteran soul-jazzers swing out in soulful fashion and inspire some of the most spirted singing of Williams' long career. The singer's fun-loving personality and considerable charm shine through on every track, and his deep baritone voice sounds surpisingly low-down. Mostly blues classics on this one, including "Please Send Me Someone to Love," "Goin' To Chicago Blues," "Rocks In My Bed," "Sent For You Yesterday," and two tunes that Williams himself made famous, "Alright, Okay, You Win" and "Comeback." If you like blues-oriented jazz, this one belongs in your collection.
I love jazz because next to my kids, it's the love of my life.
I was first exposed to jazz by Joe Rico from a tiny station in Niagara Falls in 1954 when I was 13.
The best show I ever attended was Maynard Ferguson who blew the roof off Massey Hall in the late 50s.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to everything you can and then listen again.