Eddie South

South Side Jazz

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Although violinist Eddie South receives first billing on this long-out-of-print LP, he is featured on just six of the sixteen numbers. South's lone sesion for Chess has him playing sentimental ballads and some fine swing in a Chicago sextet that also includes tenor saxophonist Eddie Johnson and vibraphonist Bill Thompson. Also on this LP (which has an overview of early Chess jazz recordings) are features for the booting tenor of Eddie Johnson, Lonnie Simmons on both organ and his overdubbed tenor, the Nat King Cole-inspired pianist/vocalist Prince Cooper, and bands led by drummer Red Saunders and tenor saxophonist Dave Young. The spirited music is enjoyable, if not all that essential.