Clark Terry, Yes, the blues. Yes, Clark Terry, the blues. It works both ways, all ways, because CT and the blues are intermingled in the way that hydrogen and oxygen are inseparable in the air we breathe. Long before his Mambluesroutine, long before his stint with Duke Ellington made him well known as a versatile, sophisticated, and unique trumpeter, Terry was a don of the blues. They are in his blood and bones, as deep as his St. Louis heritage. He demonstrates in the opening track of the album that he doesn't even need a trumpet to play the blues; a mouthpiece will do. Terry's front-line companion, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, is even more closely identified with the blues, although his musicianship makes him just as impressive an interpreter of complex bebop material. Together with a fine rhythm section, the old friends explore seven of the countless possibilities of the blues.
with Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Art Hillery, John Heard, Roy McCurdy, "Harmonica George" Smith