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Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson

  • The Original Cleanhead [Blues Time, 1970] A-
  • Kidney Stew Is Fine [Delmark, 1979] A-

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The Original Cleanhead [Blues Time, 1970]
A worthy introduction to one of the cleanest--and nastiest--blues voices you'll ever hear. He also plays alto sax with the solid adaptability of a territory man who's been on the road since the '40s, although not as cannily as Plas Johnson, who together with Joe Pass heads a committed supporting cast. How's that again, Cleanhead? You've been balled a long long time? A-

Kidney Stew Is Fine [Delmark, 1979]
Cut in the early '70s with an all-star band featuring T-Bone Walker and Jay McShann, this was winning various grand prix in Europe as Wee Baby Blues long before it was released here. More tentative and human-scale, more felt perhaps, than The Original Cleanhead, it sacrifices power and presence as a result, but the material sounds loud enough, and at times Walker threatens to steal the record. A-