Jeannie & Jimmy Cheatham

Luv in the Afternoon

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The Sweet Baby Blues Band is a perfect mixture of big band swing (with colorful arrangements by Jimmy Cheatham), jazz soloing and the blues. Unlike most blues bands that utilize a horn section, there is a generous amount of solo space for nearly all of the sidemen but, unlike most jazz groups, a blues star such as Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown can also feel at home sitting in on three numbers as he does on this release. Jeannie Cheatham's vocals are both properly emotional and easy to understand while her piano playing is a credit to the Kansas City blues tradition. The tunes on this CD range from Muddy Waters' "Baby Please Don't Go", Buddy Johnson's "You Won't Let Me Go" and Danny Barker's famous "Don't You Feel My Leg" (done here as an instrumental featuring trumpeter Snooky Young) to a variety of original blues and the bluish ballad "Trav'lin Light." With the other soloists including altoist Curtis Peagler, clarinetist Jimmy Noone, Jr. and trumpeter Nolan Smith, Luv in the Afternoon is very enjoyable and highly recommended.

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