Eddie ‘Cleanhead’ Vinson: Jamming The Blues (1974) 1994

[1974] Jamming The Blues

Track list:

01. Just A Dream
02. Laura
03. Person To Person
04. Now’s The Time
05. Hold It Right There
06. Home Boy
07. C Jam Blues


Eddie ‘Cleanhead’ Vinson – alto sax, vocals;
Hal Singer – tenor sax;
Peter Wingfield – piano;
Joe “Jammer” Wright – guitar;
Jerome Rimson – electric bass;
Peter van Hook – drums

Recorded: Montreux Jazz Festival; July 2, 1974
Released: 1975
Label: Black Lion

[1994, CD release]

Producer: Alan Bates
Engineer: Stephan Sulke, Chris Penycate

Liner Notes: Alun Morgan

Photography: Georges Braunschweig
Design: Hamish Grimes


For this lesser-known outing (re-issued on CD), the great altoist and blues singer Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson is heard in fine form at the 1974 Montreux Jazz Festival.

With fine support from a four-piece rhythm section that includes pianist Peter Wingfield and some solo space for tenor-saxophonist Hal Singer, Vinson plays a few of his familiar but always welcome numbers (“Just A Dream,” “Person To Person” and “Hold It Right There”) plus “Laura” and some basic instrumental blues.

An excellent outing from a performer who was claimed by both the jazz and blues worlds.
~Scott Yanow[]

[1994] Jamming The  Blues


Black Lion Records was a jazz record label based in London, England.

Black Lion was founded by Alan Bates in 1968.

The label had two series of releases, one for British jazz musicians and one for international musicians.

It released a large amount of re-issue material, including items by Art Tatum, Jay McShann, Ben Webster, Earl Hines, Bud Freeman, Bud Powell, Don Byas, Coleman Hawkins, Mal Waldron, and Duke Ellington.

It had a subsidiary called Freedom Records, which concentrated on free jazz releases; this wing was bought by Arista Records in 1975.

The label was distributed by Polydor for part of its existence.

It became part of the D.A. Music family in the 1980s, while Bates bought Candid Records in 1989 and shifted the focus of his activities there.