Jimmy Yancey Complete Recorded Works 1939 – 1950 Vol 3 (1943-1950)
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Complete Recorded Works 4th May 1939 – 23rd December l950
Vol 3: December 1943 – December 1950
Featuring the recordings of:
Jimmy Yancey, piano solo; Mama Yancey, vocal added on 6. Mama Yancey, vocal; accompanied by Jimmy Yancey, harmonium. Alonzo Yancey, piano solo.
Genres: Blues, Early Chicago Blues, Blues Piano, Boogie-Woogie Piano, Ragtime Piano, Female Blues, Piano SoloAbridged from this albums original booklet notes. Everybody liked it when Yancey was playing cause it seems like you could come into a place where he was and the whole house would be jumping. Everybody was up there clapping or beating their hands or beating their feet, keeping up time with him. Im telling you, brother, it wasnt nothing short by him. He had them going. Meade Lux Lewis.
Yanceys recordings for the Session label produced some of his deepest instrumental blues, among those I Received A Letter and its even better alternative take, At The Window as well as the two different takes of How Long Blues (issued on DOCD-5042). Session, however, took also care of the livelier side of Yanceys talent by recording not only a last version of The Fives this time as Midnight Stomp and two takes of a piece aptly titled The Rocks and Jimmys Rocks (on DOCD-5042), but also the White Sox Stomp which is quite unparalleled in Yanceys consequent use of a walking bass.
It was for Session also that Yancey cut his first Yancey Special rather late regarding the fact that this piece, recorded by Meade Lux Lewis, had led to Yanceys discovery and that he claimed to be its composer. Yanceys Eternal Blues and his version of Shave Em Dry were also introduced on the Session label. Shave Em Dry seems more related to the 1929 version by James Boodle It Wiggins, with possibly Charlie Spand as pianist, than to other recordings of that tune.
The sides with Estella Mama Yancey, born in 1896 and married to Jimmy Yancey since 1919, were another Session premiere. Mamas singing style is unique and perhaps not to everyones liking, but she had always been performing with Jimmy and was part of his life and his music. Mamas Pallet On The Floor recorded with organ as well as with piano accompaniment, comes close to revealing all of the songs implications as described by Jelly Roll Morton in one of his suppressed Library of Congress recordings.
Session completed its documentary work by recording Alonzo Yancey, Jimmys older brother, who was a barrelhouse ragtime player and who is regarded as an early influence on Jimmy. Alonzo and not Jimmy Yancey is remembered as the composer of Yancey Special by Champion Jack Dupree. When they performed together in clubs or at parties, they played quite the same kinds of music according to Jack. Traces of this may be found in Ecstatic Rag.Konrad Nowakowski Copyright:1991 Document Records