Jeannie & Jimmy Cheatham

Midnight Mama

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For their second release, the Cheathams not only featured five top horn soloists (trumpeter Snooky Young, altoist Curtis Peagler, both Dinky Morris and Jimmie Noone, Jr. on tenor, and bass trombonist Jimmy Cheatham), but also guest tenor Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis. (Noone and Davis alternate). Pianist/singer Jeannie Cheatham is the lead voice, but there is plenty of solo space, while the rhythm section (bassist Red Callender and drummer John "Ironman" Harris) drives the ensembles. The program is split between older blues and more recent originals in a similar style, all of it swinging. A special highlight is the trio feature on "Midnight Mama." Spirited music that crosses many boundaries.

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