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Best of Jimmy Yancey – Jimmy Yancey

Best of Jimmy Yancey - Jimmy Yancey Artist: Jimmy Yancey
Album: Best of Jimmy Yancey
Release Date: April 5, 2005
Duration: 01:00:01
Genre: Blues, Jazz
Styles: Boogie-Woogie, Piano Blues
Recording Date: April, 1939 – July 18, 1951

Although he is not as well known as many of his contemporaries, several of which he actually influenced, Chicago boogie-woogie pianist Jimmy Yancey had a kind of refreshingly gentle tone in his playing that set him apart from most players who depended on speed and attack to win over audiences. Yancey worked most of his adult life as a groundskeeper at the Chicago White Sox’s Comiskey Park, and never depended on his piano abilities to earn a living, which may account for his generally soothing sound, even on his more robust numbers, since he played more for joy than for rent money. This set features his wife, blues singer Estelle “Mama” Yancey, singing on a few tracks, and while Yancey’s late-’30s and early-’40s material is probably the place to start, this makes a suitable second choice. Highlights include his signature tune, “Yancey Special,” and a pair of Chicago-centric boogies, “South Side Stuff” and “White Sox Stomp.”

Title/Composer Performer Time
Yancey Special / Andy Razaf Jimmy Yancey 2:42
How Long Blues / Jimmy Yancey Jimmy Yancey 2:50
Yancey’s Bugle Call / Jimmy Yancey Jimmy Yancey 2:27
Four O’Clock Blues / Jimmy Yancey Jimmy Yancey feat: Mama Yancey 5:15
35th and Dearborn / Jimmy Yancey Jimmy Yancey 3:13
Salute to Pinetop / Jimmy Yancey Jimmy Yancey 2:51
Monkey Woman Blues / Jimmy Yancey Jimmy Yancey feat: Mama Yancey 4:08
Santa Fe Blues / Jimmy Yancey Jimmy Yancey feat: Mama Yancey 2:50
Blues for Albert / Jimmy Yancey Jimmy Yancey 2:16
Make Me a Pallet on the Floor / Traditional Jimmy Yancey feat: Mama Yancey 4:38
Shave ‘Em Dry / Jimmy Yancey Jimmy Yancey 2:52
Eternal Blues / Jimmy Yancey Jimmy Yancey 4:22
White Sox Stomp / Jimmy Yancey Jimmy Yancey 4:05
Two O’Clock Blues / Jimmy Yancey Jimmy Yancey 3:01
Lucille’s Lament / Jimmy Yancey Jimmy Yancey 3:10
Steady Rock Blues / Jimmy Yancey Jimmy Yancey 3:00
South Side Stuff / Jimmy Yancey Jimmy Yancey 3:10
Yancey’s Getaway / Jimmy Yancey Jimmy Yancey 3:11
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