Although titled Blues for Easy Livers, this mid-Sixties set of a dozen songs contains only two true blues: "How Long Will It Take to be a Man?" (a biting social commentary in perfect sync with the civil rights movement of the period) and the classic "Trouble in Mind." The rest are time-honored pop tunes, yet Jimmy Witherspoon informs each with an aching blues quality, using his warmly resonant baritone voice and distinctively delayed phrasing to cut to the emotional core of the lyrics. Baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams, trombonist Bill Watrous, and pianist Roger Kellaway are among the jazz heavyweights lending support to the versatile vocalist.
with Bill Watrous, Pepper Adams, Roger Kellaway, Richard Davis, Mel Lewis