Kidney Stew

Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson

“A joyful performance from 1980 with the Oscar Peterson Trio”

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Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson sang and played the blues in many different settings through the years, from the Cootie Williams Orchestra and his own big band to freewheeling r&b combos and jazz groups that straddled the boundaries between swing and bop.

In 1980, Cleanhead was the guest during an episode of Oscar Peterson and Friends, a half-hour television series that broadcast from Canada.

One of the songs that he performed was the medium-tempo blues “Kidney Stew” which gave him a chance not just to sing but play a bit of his alto sax.


Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, vocals, alto
Oscar Peterson, piano
Ray Brown, bass
Bobby Durham, drums

– Scott Yanow


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