Jimmy Cavallo

You Better Believe It

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Jimmy Cavallo had been a recording artist for more than 50 years, and was nearing his eighties by the time You Better Believe It came out in 2006. He's in fine vocal and instrumental shape, however, on this amiably rocking set of roadhouse R&B and jump blues. Cavallo's voice has an appealing gruff tone that shows remarkably little wear considering how long it's been in use, and he's ably backed by Ron Spencer & Jumpstart, who include a couple of saxophones in the lineup (though Cavallo takes all the tenor sax solos). There's no original material here, but give Cavallo his due for picking vintage songs that aren't over-familiar to the average R&B fan, including several apiece by Wynonie Harris and Paul Gayten, to give you an idea of the kind of stuff he plays.

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