If there were justice in the world, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson
would have been able to tour with this type of group throughout much of his career. Roomful of Blues
, a popular five-horn nonet, has rarely sounded more exciting than on this musical meeting with the legendary singer/altoist. Vinson
himself is exuberant on some of the selections, particularly "House of Joy," one of five instrumentals among the eight selections. Whether one calls it blues, bebop, or early R&B, this accessible music is very enjoyable and deserves to be more widely heard. Among the supporting players, tenorman Greg Piccolo
, trumpeter Bob Enos
, and guitarist Ronnie Earl
(in one of his earliest recordings) win honors.