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JIMMY YANCEY Solo Art SACD 1 In The Beginning ● CD $13.98
A beautiful collection of 12 piano blues and boogie from one the genre's greatest exponents recorded in 1939 for Dan Qualey's Solo Art label - his first recordings. Yancey's playing was beautiful, sensitive and fluid and compared to his contemporaries was quite restrained resulting a different and unique texture to his performances. These tracks were originally issued some years on the long out of print Jazzology JCE 51 and it is unfortunate that the producers didn't include the reamining 5 tracks from the session which would have fit nicely on this CD. There are detailed notes by Rudi Blesh on the story of the Solo Art label. Sound quality is unexceptional - however the music is sensational! (FS).

 
JIMMY & MAMA YANCEY & GUESTS Document DOCD 1007 The Unissued 1951 Yancey Wire Recordings ● CD $15.98
WALTER JOPLIN (probably): Scott Joplin's New Rag/ DICK MUSHLITZ: Blues/ UNKNOWN PIANIST: Chicago In Mind (with MAMA YANCEY)/ Cow Cow Blues/ Lux's Boogie/ Make Me A Pallet On The Floor (with MAMA YANCEY)/ JIMMY YANCEY: Don't You Wanna Know (with MAMA YANCEY)/ Elephant Rag/ Fives/ Four O'Clock Blues - damaged (with MAMA YANCEY)/ How Long Blues (with MAMA YANCEY)/ Hurry Sundown (with MAMA YANCEY)/ Mellow Blues/ Royal Garden Blues (with MAMA YANCEY)/ Shave 'Em Dry - fragment (with MAMA YANCEY)/ Tomorrow Morning - damaged (with MAMA YANCEY)/ Yancey's Bugle Call - damaged

 
THE YAS YAS GIRL (MERLINE JOHNSON) Document DOCD 5292 Complete Recorded Works, Vol 1 : 1937-1938 ● CD $15.98
26 tracks, 77 min., recommended Considering she recorded nearly 100 sides between 1937-47, it is at least a little surprising that no one knows anything about Merline Johnson (a.k.a. The Yas Yas Girl), other than that she was born around 1912 in MS, probably. Doesn't really matter, though, since these sides cut in Aurora and Chicago speak for themselves. With a simple backing of piano, guitar, drums, and the occasional clarinet or trumpet, Johnson sets her pleasing vocals to work on Jackass For Sale/ Jelly Bean Blues/ Sold It To The Devil/ Working On The Project, and many more. But with the exception of the striking Grandma And Grandpa and a few others, these sides are somewhat prosaic. Johnson was quite good but not exactly ground breaking in her approach. (JC)

 
JOHNNY YOUNG Arhoolie 325 Chicago Blues ● CD $12.98
Some fine Chicago blues featuring the warm vocals, mandolin and guitar of Johnny Young drawn from his two Arhoolie albums 1029 & 1037. The first session, from 1965, is particularly fine with Young joined by Otis Spann, James Cotton, James Lee Morris, S.P. Leary capturing the spirit of traditional Chicago blues at its best. The second session, from 1967 with Walter Horton, is more modern sounding with Jimmy Dawkins on lead guitar, but it never starys too far from the traditional style. This is very similar to the disc we had as a Japanese import some months ago though this has two less tracks and a lower price. (FS)
JOHNNY YOUNG: Come Early In The Morning/ Cross-Cut Saw/ Don't You Lie To Me/ Drinking Straight Whiskey/ Hot Dog!/ I'm Doing All Right/ I'm Having A Ball/ Keep On Drinking/ Keep Your Nose Out Of My Business/ Moaning And Groaning/ My Trainfare Out Of Town/ On The Road Again/ Ring Around My Heart/ Slam Hammer/ Sometimes I Cry/ Stealin'/ Stockyard Blues/ Strange Girl/ Walter's Boogie/ Wild, Wild Woman

 
MIGHTY JOE YOUNG Blind Pig 5040 Mighty Man ● CD $14.98
10 tracks, 41 mins, very good If you've wondered whatever happened to The Mighty Man, Chicago bluesman Young suffered a pinched nerve in '86 that made him stop playing guitar & put him into rehab. These are his 1st recordings in years & can be called Boogaloo with Mighty Joe - most of the tracks have Joe on vocals only in a more "contemporary" dance/funk vein, though there's still some good blues to be had, particularly his own Bring It On. Joe only plays guitar on Starvation & Got My Woman On My Mind, but Will Crosby plays some fine guitar on throughout, with most of the songs having a driving 6-piece horn section. (GM)

 
MIGHTY JOE YOUNG Delmark 629 Blues With A Touch Of Soul ● CD $11.98
7 tracks, 43 mins, recommended Reissue of Joe's debut album from 1970 with Jimmy Dawkins and "Big Moose" Walker. A nice collection of West Side blues with, well, a touch of soul with strong singing and guitar from Joe. Songs are mostly familiar and go on too long but this is definitely an enjoayble set. (FS)

   
ZYDECO FORCE Maison De Soul 1045 Shaggy Dog Two-step ● CD $18.98

 
ZYDECO FORCE Maison De Soul 1048 The Zydeco Push ● CD $18.98

 

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