Joe Williams: Alright, Okay, You Win


Alright, Okay, You Win


Joe Williams (vocals)


The Best of Joe Williams – The Roulette, Solid State & Blue Note Years (Blue Note 21146)

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Joe Williams (vocals), Harry "Sweets" Edison (trumpet), Jimmy Forrest (tenor sax), Sir Charles Thompson (piano), Charlie Persip (drums),

Joe Benjamin (bass)


Composed by Mayme Watts & Sidney Wyche


Recorded: Birdland, New York, June 1962


Rating: 85/100 (learn more)

Blues shouter Joe Williams recorded his classic "Alright, Okay, You Win" with Count Basie in 1955. But Ring-a-Dings are born headliners, not bored second bananas, and Joe's break from Basie was as inevitable as Dean Martin's split from Jerry Lewis. Here, fitting as comfortably into Harry Edison's station wagon as in Basie's Greyhound bus, Joe finds room aplenty for his lusty baritone without trimming his style, including insistently pronouncing terminal g's (morning, going, etc.) when that was strictly outré. Plus there's his ever-so-adorable slight lisp—but if you think we're implying Joe Williams was unmanly, you're zanier than Jerry Lewis.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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