Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson

Redux: Live at the Keystone Korner

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Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson was one of the most enduring artists who straddled both jazz and blues during his long career. The 2003 release of this previously unreleased live set from a 1979 gig at the Keystone Korner is a great addition to his discography. Playing with what is likely a pickup rhythm section, consisting of pianist Larry Vuckovich, bassist James Leary and drummer Eddie Marshall, Vinson revisits many of his past hits, emphasizing vocals more than instrumentals. Among the many favorites are "Kidney Stew," "Cherry Red" and especially the hilarious "Alimony Blues." Vinson still had great chops on his alto sax, offering convincing interpretations of Jimmy Smith's "Back at the Chicken Shack," and an emotional treatment of the standard "Tenderly," as well as an extended workout of his own furious bop tune "Non-Alcoholic." Although Vinson is clearly the star of the show, his rhythm section does a great job providing accompaniment. Highly recommended.

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