How Viscojon’s John Spriggs and former Orioles guitarist Ralph “Oopie” Williams got mixed up with one another is a story no one alive can tell. Sometime after the release of his “Without You There’s No Me” single in 1965, Williams high-tailed it back to his hometown of St. Louis and set up the mid-west arm of Viscojon.
The satellite office’s lone contribution appears to be an album of duets between Williams and jazz bassist John Mixon. The freewheelin’ Mixon bounced all over the country throughout the ’50s and ’60s, with appearances in Miles Davis, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Webster Young, and Andrew Hill’s bands, before settling back home in Missouri. Williams and Mixon teamed up for this album of jazz musings in 1973, which appeared on Viscojon’s trademark blue vinyl.
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