Jimmy Yancey: Yancey's Bugle Call (take 1)


Yancey's Bugle Call (take 1)


Jimmy Yancey (piano)


Jimmy Yancey Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 2 (1940-1943)

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Jimmy Yancey (piano).

Composed by Jimmy Yancey


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

Boogie-woogie's ragtime lineage is manifest in the evolution of "Bugle Call Rag" from Eubie Blake (1916) to Benny Goodman (1934) to "Yancey's Bugle Call" (1940). Jimmy Yancey spent most of his life as groundskeeper at Chicago's Comiskey Park, home of the White Sox. During the off-season, he sowed such perennials as this track, where boogie-woogie's driving 8-to-the-bar bass and bluesy frills mix masterfully with the tension-&-release excitement of stop-time choruses. In 1951, mercifully before his beloved grass infield was replaced by Astroturf, Yancey answered Gabriel's bugle call. Jimmy can rest in peace. "Yancey's Bugle Call" will never be replaced.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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