Cleveland Eaton — Plenty Good Eaton


Officially licensed reissue courtesy of Real Gone Music and pressed by Gotta Groove Records on 150 gram vinyl.  Lacquers cut by Clint Holley and Dave Polster at the Well Made Music studios.

The jazz world lost a true legend when bassist Cleveland Eaton passed away in the Summer of 2020. This 1975 album, one of the real gems in the hallowed Black Jazz label catalog, takes the full measure of the man. Cleve recorded Plenty Good Eaton right after he left Ramsey Lewis’ band, with whom he recorded a grand total of 17 (!) different albums for such labels as Argo, Cadet and Columbia, including the hit records Wade in the Water, Another Voyage, and Sun Goddess.

Then, starting in 1980, Eaton spent a dozen years with Count Basie’s band, and if you can imagine some blend of Lewis’ soul-funk with Basie’s hard-driving swing, you might just begin to grasp what’s on the menu of Plenty Good Eaton (the album graphics actually present the credits and songs as if they were menu entrees).

Available on backorder


1. Chi-Town Theme
2. Keena
3. Moe Let’s Have a Party
4. Are You Out There Somewhere Caring

1. Kaiser 405
2. All Your Love All Day All Night
3. Hamburg 302

Ed Green – violin & viola

Artee “Duke” Payne – tenor, flute

John Watson – trombone

Ernest Johnson – guitar

Kenneth Prince – electric piano

Morris Jennings — percussion

Cleveland Eaton – acoustic bass, electric bass, and vocals

Special guests:

Odell Brown – organ, electric piano

Arie Brown – tenor

Edwin Daugherty – tenor, flute

Derf Raheen – congas, flute

Bobby Christian – vibes

Steve Galloway – bass trombone

Recorded at Chess Recording Studio July 15, 1974