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)
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