Personnel: Jeannie Cheatham (vocals, piano); Jimmy Cheatham (bass trombone); Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson (vocals, alto saxophone); Curtis Peagler (alto & tenor saxophones); Dinky Morris (tenor & baritone saxophones); Jimmie Noone (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Snooky Young (trumpet); Red Callender (bass); John "Ironman" Harris (drums).
Recorded at Ocean Way Recording, Hollywood, California in January 1987. Includes liner notes by Helen Dance and Stanley Dance.
Personnel: Jeannie & Jimmy Cheatham (vocals, bass trombone, piano); Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson (vocals, alto saxophone); Jeannie Cheatham (vocals, piano); Jimmie Noone's Apex Club Orchestra, Jimmie Noone (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Curtis Peagler (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Dinky Morris (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Snooky Young (trumpet); Jimmy Cheatham (bass trombone); John Harris , John Harris (drums); Chris Long, Carl Jefferson (programming).
Audio Remixer: Phil Edwards .
Liner Note Authors: Helen Oakley Dance; Stanley Dance.
Recording information: Ocean Way Recording, Hollywood, CA (01/1987).
Photographer: Grace Bell.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Curtis Peagler; Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson; Dinky Morris; John Harris ; Jimmie Noone's Apex Club Orchestra; Red Callender; Snooky Young.
This time around, the Cheathams' guest is altoist/singer Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson -- a perfect choice, since his ability to play both blues and Kansas City swing/bop is similar to the style of the Sweet Baby Blues Band. Although the emphasis is on swinging blues, there are a few departures, including Jeannie Cheatham's wistful vocal on "Detour Ahead," and a hot instrumental "Homeward Bound." In addition to Vinson and Jeannie (a splendid pianist), soloists include the tenors of Jimmie Noone, Jr. (doubling on clarinet) and Dinky Morris, altoist Curtis Peagler, trumpeter Snooky Young and bass trombonist Jimmy Cheatham. Not to be overlooked are bassist Red Callender and drummer John "Ironman" Harris. But it is the heated and riffing ensembles, along with the pure joy this band generates, that make all of their Concord recordings easily recommended. ~ Scott Yanow