Recorded in 1985, this is as much a tribute to the second incarnation of Jimmy Ryan’s at 154 West 54th Street, a tenure that ran from 1970 to 1983, as to the club’s two featured trumpeters-band leaders, Roy Eldridge and Spanky Davis. Indeed, it was the Chicago-bred Davis who took over in 1980, when “Little Jazz” was sidelined by a heart attack that prevented him from ever playing again. Roy, however, could still sing. And, here, on jump blues like “Kidney Stew” and “Don’t Roll Those Bloodshot Eyes at Me,” the master’s voice winks and smiles.
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