Jimmy Blythe – Messin’ Around Blues
Delmark DE 792 (2007)
In 1915, Jimmy Blythe moved from his native Kentucky to Chicago. He found a great deal of work as a pianist for Paramount, Vocalion & Gennett. He was prolific and accompanied many jazz & blues artists such as Ma Rainey & Blind Blake on their recordings. He led dozens of recording sessions often with southside musicians like Johnny Dodds. His song, “Chicago Stomp”, is generally considered to be the first recorded example of Boogie Woogie. He also produced hundreds of piano rolls for use in nickelodeons for the Capitol Music Roll Company of Chicago. Jimmy Blythe died suddenly of epidemic meningitis in 1931 just months after these piano rolls were recorded, but now with the help of digital technology, they sound richer and fuller than ever before!