In the last year of his life, Joe Turner got together with Jimmy Witherspoon, who had shouted the blues in bars, dance halls, dives, and recording studios for almost as long as Turner's half century. In Patcha, Patcha, All Night Long, Big Joe and Spoon documented what the art of the blues singer is all about. It's about life's joys. It's about life's frustrations and complexities. It's about the good of love and the bad of love. It runs far deeper than the stories its simple couplets seem to tell because the blues touches the center of everyone's being. Few of its poets reached that center as directly as this pair, with their outsized voices and their enveloping warmth. Manny Albam called one of his most celebrated compositions "The Blues Is Everybody's Business." Working amidst a jump band graced by the saxophone solos of Red Holloway, Turner and Witherspoon here give further evidence of that truth.
with Ike Williams, Red Holloway, Lee Allen, Jerry Jummonville, Bobby Blevins, Gary Bell, Rudy Brown, Al Duncan