Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson

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Although he had achieved a certain amount of popularity in the late '40s with his blues vocals and boppish alto, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson's Bethlehem album was one of only two recordings he made as a leader between 1956-66. With arrangements by Ernie Wilkins, Manny Albam and Harry Tubbs, and his sidemen including several members (past and present) of the Count Basie Orchestra, the blues-oriented music (which gives Vinson a chance to sing such material as "It Ain't Necessarily So," "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby" and "Caledonia") is quite enjoyable and really rocks; pity that this record did not catch on.

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