Butch Thompson

Lincoln Avenue Blues

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Butch Thompson is best-known for his interpretations of Jelly Roll Morton's music, so it is quite interesting to hear this solo tribute to Jimmy Yancey. Yancey, one of the first boogie-woogie players, had a lyrical and melodic style that was as close to blues as to jazz. Thompson recaptures Yancey's very subtle and sometimes gentle style on a variety of material; he even ends abruptly on E flat on "Jimmy's Preserve" as Yancey did on every song he recorded. This is a relaxed, bluish and soulful session (with a variety of 1920s standards alternating with Yancey songs) that could have used a stomp or two for variety but is overall quite pleasing.

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