Eddie Cleanhead Vinson - Cleanhead Blues 1945-1947
He was a blues shouter in the vein of Big Joe Turner and Big Bill Broonzy - loud, brash, yet tuneful - and his sax playing is clever and melodic, with the proper edge to it, adding plenty of excitement to the songs.
Cleanhead (so named due to his shaved skull) was also a ladies' man and not afraid to sing about it in a somewhat racy way - as a blues singer should! The groups give a strong backing to his vocals'n'solos, though Eddie always stands out. This is not the raw, guitar-driven blues of some of my faves, but is jazzy'n'horn-driven, though no less cool.
Nice collection of some of the man's early work. Dig it a lot!