Spin - 12/90
"A good sampling of Yancey's music...from the Solo Art label, the first record company to 'discover' him in 1939. Yancey is zestier here than on his later recordings; his playing is faster, even exuberant. This release is an important addition to the almost nonexistent body of Yancey material now on CD."
Personnel: Jimmy Yancey (vocals, piano).
Liner Note Author: George H. Buck, Jr.
Recording information: 05/04/1939.
This LP has 12 of the 17 selections that pianist Jimmy Yancey cut during his first recording session. All of the music (plus the missing titles) have been reissued in full on CD by Document but this album has the advantage of also having Rudi Blesh's extensive and informative liner notes. Yancey's subtle boogie-woogie style is heard in prime form on solo performances originally cut for Solo Art. ~ Scott Yanow