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VariousDelmark – 60 Years Of Blues ... CD
Delmark, 2013. Used ... $6.99
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VariousDelmark – 60 Years Of Jazz ... CD
Delmark, 2013. Used ... Just Sold Out!
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New VariousDelmark 40th Anniversary ... CD
Delmark, Late 50s/1960s/1970s/1980s/Early 90s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Tracks by Jimmy Forrest, Malachi Thompson, Eric Alexander, Joseph Jarman, Jim Cooper, John Young, Ira Sullivan, Roscoe Mitchell, Jodie Christian, Art Hodes, Lin Halliday, Mike Smith, and Zane Massey. CD
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Muhal Richard AbramsLevels & Degrees Of Light ... CD
Delmark, 1967. New Copy ... $8.99 12.99
Although recorded early in the career of Muhal Richard Abrams, this brilliant LP shows the pianist/composer turning away from the stock jazz and studio work of earlier years – to develop into one of the richest talents to rise from the Chicago avant underground of the 60s! At the time of the recording, Abrams was the president of the recently-founded AACM – and for the session, he's surrounded himself with some of the best young talents from Chicago, including Thurman Barker, Anthony Braxton, Leroy Jenkins, and Maurice McIntyre – all of whom help to create a complicated web of colors, shapes, and sounds, that prove that the youthful energy of the underground scene was more than capable of crafting sophisticated modernist documents. The album features three long works – "Levels & Degrees Of Light", "The Bird Song", and "My Thoughts Are My Future". CD

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Active IngredientsTitration ... CD
Delmark, 2002. Used ... $4.99
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Jason AjemianFolklords ... CD
Delmark, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
One of the trippiest albums we've heard from Delmark in recent years – a really creative session from bassist Jason Ajemian, and one that links the label's avant jazz work to some of the deeper sides of Chicago's indie scene! Ajemian is free to work without any sense of genre or convention – in a mode that still hits plenty of jazz, with key use of work by Monk, Mingus, and Sun Ra – but which really abstracts things and takes them to a whole new level – opening up cosmic territory that lives up to the album's stated request to "Please Feel Yourselves". Ajemian plays bass and some electronics, in a quartet that also features Owen Stewart Robertson on guitar and electronics, Kid Bliss on alto sax and vibrolux, and Jason Nazary on drums – the last of which are played in a very slow, spacious style. All tracks are long – and titles include "Ask Mr Blunt Now" – which features extrapolations of "Satellites Are Spinning" and "Ask Me Now" – and "Orange Is The Color Of The Sun Then Blue Sky" – which is built upon some key Charles Mingus tunes. Other titles are originals, and include "Punk The Blues", "Material Girls", and "Freedom Is A Trail Of Tears". CD

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Fred AndersonOn The Run – Live At The Velvet Lounge ... CD
Delmark, 2000. Used ... $9.99
Fred's not on the run, he's right at home – working at his own Velvet Lounge in Chicago, and blowing with the relaxed, open vibe that has made his performances at the club the stuff of legend! There's a great linkage here of styles from a few Chicago generations – the proud-toned tenors of the postwar years, and the freer modes of the AACM – played in trio formation by Anderson on tenor, with Tatsu Aoki on bass and Hamid Drake on drums. Most tracks are quite extended, and Anderson's got a great way of skirting the edges of freedom – keeping a soulful focus on his horn on the best moments, with echoes of Johnny Griffin and John Gilmore in his sound. Titles include "Ladies In Love", "On The Run", "Smooth Velvet", "Tatsu's Groove", and "Hamid's On Fire". CD

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Bright MomentsReturn Of The Lost Tribe ... CD
Delmark, 1997. Used ... $7.99
Great late spiritual work from the AACM – with Joseph Jarman on alto, Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre on tenor, Steve Colson on piano, Malachi Favors on bass, and Kahil El'Zabar on drums and percussion! CD
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Ari BrownGroove Awakening ... CD
Delmark, 2013. Used ... $8.99
The great Ari Brown, in wonderful form – hardly a player who needs any awakening at all, since he's been working strongly on the Chicago scene since the 70s! Ari's done famous work with his group The Awakening, Ramsey Lewis, and other bigger names – but we've really grown to love his music on his own – consistently fresh and inventive, yet rooted in a strong Chicago tradition of soulful soloing as well! The record's got Brown in the company of some very familiar players – Avreeayl Ra on drums, Yosef Ben Israel on bass, and the younger Kirk Brown on piano – with extra percussion from Dr Cuz, which really creates a sweet groove for Ari's lead work on tenor and soprano sax. Tunes are mostly originals – great numbers penned by Brown – and titles include "One For Ken", "Enka", "Veda's Dance", "Wayne's Trane", "Give Thanks", and "Groove Awakening". CD
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Giles CoreyStoned Soul ... CD
Delmark, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
Giles Corey is a bluesman at heart, but he plays here in a style that's got lots of soul and funk touches too – particularly in the way he works his guitar with lots of wah-wah style riffs! The record's got a contemporary blues vibe overall, but Giles definitely has a slightly different style, too – one that's got respect for sounds that go way beyond the roots of his genre, and which showcase some of the better, later modes of Chicago blues, when it started criss-crossing a lot with other genres as well. The drums are mighty heavy – and bring an undercurrent of funk at points – and titles include "Pork & Beans", "Time Flies", "Bright Lights", "Morning Train", "That Girl Is Bad", "Home Is On My Mind", and "Watch Myself Go Crazy". CD

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Dandeliers & OthersDandeliers & Other Great Groups On States – Chop Chop Boom ... CD
States/Delmark, Mid 50s. Used ... $7.99
Seminal vocal group work from the Chicago scene of the 50s – and a wonderful collection of some of the lesser-known acts working in the Windy City at the time! All the cuts here were recorded for the United and States labels – and at the time, got a lot less circulation than work on labels like Chess, Vee Jay, and even Parrot – even though the material here easily rivals some of the best doo wop sides for those imprints. The Dandeliers head off the set, and are featured on a third of the tracks – and they're an amazing group who easily rival The Moonglows or Flamingos at their early best – with a similar sort of heavenly harmony approach. Other groups here are great too – some nicely rough around the edges – and titles include "My Love", "She's Mine", "Shu Wop", "Loving Partner", "Chop Chop Boom", and "Little Man" by The Dandeliers; "In Your Dreams" and "Go Where My Baby Lives" by The Strollers; "Lonesome Baby", "Ridin & Rockin", and "Big City Bound" by The Hornets; "Sugar Lips" and "Gloria" by The Five Chances; "Mellow Daddy" by The Drakes; and "Girl Of Mine" and "I Knew I Had A Chance" by The Palms. CD features a good number of unreleased tracks, too! CD
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Ernest DawkinsMean Ameen ... CD
Delmark, 2004. Used ... $6.99
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Kahil El'ZabarWhat It Is ... CD
Delmark, 2013. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
One of the freshest albums in years from Chicago percussion legend Kahil El'Zabar – the recording debut of a great little combo he's been heading for the past few years – and a group who would have been right at home during the more progressive 60s years at Blue Note! The sound here is wonderfully soulful, but in ways that are different than some of Kahil's other records – thanks in part to the strong use of tenor from Kevin Nabors – a player who helps give the record a bold bite right upfront, with tones that hearken back to some of the late 60s' best soulful and spiritual moments – played with more forward focus than some of El'Zabar's other reedmen. The album's definitely got an AACM pedigree, but it's more straightforward, too – and we mean that in a good way – often pushed by modal elements that seem to also give Kahil a rich new sort of energy in his drumming too. Justin Dillard plays some great Hammond, Fender Rhodes, and piano – and the group's completed by Junius Paul on bass. Titles include "Song Of Myself", "What It Is", "Impressions", "The Nature Of", and "Kari". CD

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Kahil El'Zabar with Dwight TribleFollow The Sun ... CD
Delmark, 2013. New Copy ... $11.99 16.99
One of the best albums in years from percussionist Kahil El'Zabar – a really wonderful set that features lots of great guest vocals from soulful singer Dwight Trible! Kahil's sung himself on other records – and does so on two tracks – but Dwight's presence here is really amazing, and the group provides Trible with some of the sharpest musical accompaniment he's had in years – a really dynamic setting that's filled with soul and spirituality, thanks to work from Ari Brown on tenor and piano, Junius Paul on bass, and Kahil himself on drums, kalimba, and earth drum. The album also features another excellent guest – the Chicago legend Duke Payne, who worked famously in the 60s with Odell Brown & The Organizers – heard here on second tenor, and on some ultra-cool bagpipes too – played in a mode that's like Rufus Harley! Two titles feature El'Zabar vocally duetting with Trible – "Great Black Music" and the coolest version of "Grandma's Hands" you'll ever hear, done with deep acoustic basslines and percussion – and other titles include "Inner Heart", "Follow The Sun", "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise", "Our Journey", and "Up Your Mind". CD
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Kahil El'Zabar with Dwight TribleFollow The Sun ... CD
Delmark, 2013. Used ... $8.99
One of the best albums in years from percussionist Kahil El'Zabar – a really wonderful set that features lots of great guest vocals from soulful singer Dwight Trible! Kahil's sung himself on other records – and does so on two tracks – but Dwight's presence here is really amazing, and the group provides Trible with some of the sharpest musical accompaniment he's had in years – a really dynamic setting that's filled with soul and spirituality, thanks to work from Ari Brown on tenor and piano, Junius Paul on bass, and Kahil himself on drums, kalimba, and earth drum. The album also features another excellent guest – the Chicago legend Duke Payne, who worked famously in the 60s with Odell Brown & The Organizers – heard here on second tenor, and on some ultra-cool bagpipes too – played in a mode that's like Rufus Harley! Two titles feature El'Zabar vocally duetting with Trible – "Great Black Music" and the coolest version of "Grandma's Hands" you'll ever hear, done with deep acoustic basslines and percussion – and other titles include "Inner Heart", "Follow The Sun", "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise", "Our Journey", and "Up Your Mind". CD
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John & Sylvia EmbryTroubles ... CD
Delmark, 1979. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
One of the rootsiest albums ever cut by Delmark Records – a late 70s set from this obscure Chicago duo, partially recorded at a small club on the south side! John and Sylvia Embry are a great antidote to some of the tighter, slicker blues that was dominating the Windy City by the late 70s – and really take things back to a basic Chitown electric mode – with John laying down some incredible leads on guitar, and Sylvia belting out these amazing lyrics that are really dripping with soul! Titles include "Wonder Why", "Troubles", "Lie To Me", "I'm Hurtin", "Mustang Sally", and "Going To New York". CD features 5 bonus tracks added to the original album issue – for a total of 17 tracks in all! CD
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John & Sylvia EmbryTroubles ... CD
Delmark, 1979. Used ... $8.99
One of the rootsiest albums ever cut by Delmark Records – a late 70s set from this obscure Chicago duo, partially recorded at a small club on the south side! John and Sylvia Embry are a great antidote to some of the tighter, slicker blues that was dominating the Windy City by the late 70s – and really take things back to a basic Chitown electric mode – with John laying down some incredible leads on guitar, and Sylvia belting out these amazing lyrics that are really dripping with soul! Titles include "Wonder Why", "Troubles", "Lie To Me", "I'm Hurtin", "Mustang Sally", and "Going To New York". CD features 5 bonus tracks added to the original album issue – for a total of 17 tracks in all! CD
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Sleepy John Estes with Hammie NixonLive In Japan 1974 ... CD
Delmark, 1974. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
Spare live material from the legendary Sleepy John Estes – a set that was recorded in Tokyo in the mid 70s, but wasn't issued in the US for many decades! Estes plays guitar and sings in a duo with harp player Hammie Nixon – who also sings a fair bit too, and creates this excellent back/forth energy with Sleepy John – a very conversational approach to blues that's also augmented by Nixon's very cool work on kazoo and jug! The core performance is the real highlight here – but the album also adds in an extra few tracks performed with a younger Japanese blues group who bring a bit of electricity to the mix. Titles include "Tin Pan Alley", "Divin Duck Blues", "When Your Mother Is Gone", "The Girl I Love She Got Long Curly Hair", "Stop That Thing", and "Rats In My Kitchen". CD
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Sleepy John Estes with Hammie NixonLive In Japan 1974 ... CD
Delmark, 1974. Used ... $7.99
Spare live material from the legendary Sleepy John Estes – a set that was recorded in Tokyo in the mid 70s, but wasn't issued in the US for many decades! Estes plays guitar and sings in a duo with harp player Hammie Nixon – who also sings a fair bit too, and creates this excellent back/forth energy with Sleepy John – a very conversational approach to blues that's also augmented by Nixon's very cool work on kazoo and jug! The core performance is the real highlight here – but the album also adds in an extra few tracks performed with a younger Japanese blues group who bring a bit of electricity to the mix. Titles include "Tin Pan Alley", "Divin Duck Blues", "When Your Mother Is Gone", "The Girl I Love She Got Long Curly Hair", "Stop That Thing", and "Rats In My Kitchen". CD
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Exploding Star OrchestraStars Have Shapes ... LP
Delmark, 2010. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
The most amazing records to date from Rob Mazurek's Exploding Star Orchestra – just the kind of cosmic, spiritual session you'd expect from the group's name – perfectly placed in a Chicago lineage that includes Sun Ra's Arkestra and the best years of the AACM! The group's got all the collaborative spirit of the latter reference – a largeish ensemble made up of some of the city's most important avant musicians in recent years – including Nicole Mitchell on flute, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Jason Adasiewicz on vibes, Josh Abrams on acoustic bass, Matt Bauder on clarinet and tenor, Jason Stein on bass clarinet, and Mike Reed and John Herndon on drums – all players who know each others strengths through countless gigs together – coming together under the visionary leadership of Rob Mazurek on cornet. There's some slight electro-acoustic elements, which further complicate the sound of the record – but all without ever taking it off base – and the whole thing's got a righteous sort of energy that makes us mighty proud that sounds this great came from our hometown. Titles include "ChromoRocker", "Impression #1", "Ascenscion Ghost Impression #2", and "Three Blocks Of Light". LP, Vinyl record album

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Fat Babies18th & Racine ... CD
Delmark, 2013. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
One of the coolest combos working in Chicago these days – a trad jazz group with a really wonderful sound – one of the few modern groups who can really illustrate the improvisational excitement of jazz back in the Windy City scene of the 20s and 30s! These guys have a freshness that you'd never find with other trad combos – maybe an energy that's generated by their youth, or the fact that in the 21st Century we're now so removed from the cliches of the trad revival, folks can start over again and really get things right. Whatever the case, their sound is great – an electrifying revival of modes we never thought we'd like this much from contemporary players. The lineup includes string bass, cornet, clarinet, alto sax, trombone, piano, drums, and banjo – and titles include "The Stampede", "18th & Racine", "I Can't Dance", "Stardust", "Oh Baby", "The Chant", and "Blueberry Rhyme". CD

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Jimmy ForrestAll The Gin Is Gone ... LP
Delmark, Early 60s. Very Good ... $9.99
An excellent album that fits in nicely with Jimmy Forrest's early 60s sides for Prestige! The set was recorded in the company of one of Forrest's hometown talents from St Louis – the great Grant Green, who was quite young at the time – as well as with Harold Mabern on piano and Elvin Jones on drums. The quality of the playing's a bit rougher than on Forrest's Prestige sides, but in a good way that brings out a deeply soulful quality in the set. Titles include "Sunkenfoal", "Laura", "Myra", "Caravan", and "All The Gin Is Gone". LP, Vinyl record album
(Lincoln Avenue pressing.)

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Andy GoodrichMotherless Child ... CD
Delmark, 1996. Used ... $5.99
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Fareed HaqueTrance Hypothesis ... CD
Delmark, 2013. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
Maybe the trippiest album we've ever heard from guitarist Fareed Haque – but you've probably already guessed that from the image on the cover! The set's filled with all the kind of cool sounds you'd expect – and is almost a throwback to the great run of jazz-meets Eastern-meets funk albums on Impulse, Verve, and Skye Records at the end of the 60s – as Haque's guitar comes into contact with sitar, Hammond, Fender Rhodes, tabla, and other groovy touches – in the kind of tracks that would have made Gabor Szabo and Gary McFarland plenty darn happy! Titles include "Chitlins N Chutney", "Mellow Mood", "Poonjob In The Punjab", "Srishti", "Saba", and "Down To The Root". CD
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Fareed HaqueTrance Hypothesis ... CD
Delmark, 2013. Used ... $8.99
Maybe the trippiest album we've ever heard from guitarist Fareed Haque – but you've probably already guessed that from the image on the cover! The set's filled with all the kind of cool sounds you'd expect – and is almost a throwback to the great run of jazz-meets Eastern-meets funk albums on Impulse, Verve, and Skye Records at the end of the 60s – as Haque's guitar comes into contact with sitar, Hammond, Fender Rhodes, tabla, and other groovy touches – in the kind of tracks that would have made Gabor Szabo and Gary McFarland plenty darn happy! Titles include "Chitlins N Chutney", "Mellow Mood", "Poonjob In The Punjab", "Srishti", "Saba", and "Down To The Root". CD
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Percy HumphreyClimax Rag ... CD
Delmark, 1965. Used ... $7.99
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Paul LingleLive At The Jug Club ... CD
Delmark, 1951. Used ... $8.99
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Magic SamBlack Magic ... LP
Delmark, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99 15.99
Rough-edged blues from the west side of Chicago – a stone classic from the mighty Magic Sam – a player who was taken from us all too soon! On the west side, they mix plenty of soul in with their blues – and you can definitely hear that on this stone smoker – a record that has roots in the same scene as Syl Johnson, whose modes definitely creep into the groove at times! Sam's combo here is mighty nice – with Eddie Shaw on tenor, Lafayette Leake on piano, and Mighty Joe Young on guitar – and titles include "Stop You're Hurting Me", "Easy Baby", "What Have I Done Wrong", "It's All Your Fault", "You Belong To Me", "You Don't Love Me Baby", and "San Jose". LP, Vinyl record album

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Magic SamLive At The Avant Garde – June 22, 1968 ... CD
Delmark, 1968. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
A hell of a great record from Magic Sam – a really well-recorded live set from a small club in Milwaukee, and an album that really gets at all the gritty genius that made Sam so great! The set's almost equal parts blues and soul – definitely the former, but with plenty of funky undercurrents of the latter, too – especially given the open setting, and the group's mighty strong drums from Bob Richey! Sam's vocals and guitar are wonderfully raspy, but super-sharp at the same time – and the only other instrumentation in the set is some mighty nice bass from Big Mojo Elem. Titles include "Hully Gully Twist", "I Need You So Bad", "Feelin Good", "You Belong To Me", "That's All Right", "Lookin Good", "San Ho Zay", "Every Night Every Day", and "It's All Your Fault Baby". CD

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Chicago Underground Trio (Mazurek/Ajemian/Taylor)Chronicle ... CD
Delmark, 2007. Used ... $5.99
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Kalaparush Maurice McIntyre & The LightMorning Song ... CD
Delmark, 2003. New Copy ... $8.99 15.99
A beautiful later Delmark album from Kalaparush Maurice McIntyre – one that has all the vivid creative energy of his classic sessions for the label from the 60s! The setting continues McIntyre's work with The Light – a duo of tuba and drums, which makes for some mighty unusual sounds – an odd variant on the bass and drums you might normally hear in an avant trio like this – with lots of complex interplay at the core, and these soaring, searing solos from Kalaparush on tenor sax! His tone is wonderful – as deeply heartfelt all these many years later as it was right back at the start – a rare sound we'd rank right up there with Pharoah Sanders' voice on tenor. Titles include "Noon", "Let Us All Relax", "Here Comes The Light", "Mobo", "Against All Odds", "Evening", and "I Don't Have An Answer Unless It's God". CD

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Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyreHumility In The Light Of Creator (plus bonus track) ... CD
Delmark, 1969. Used ... $7.99
One of the most spiritual albums to come from the young AACM movement in Chicago – a session that's somewhat equal in expression to some of the best post-Coltrane work on Impulse Records! Maurice McIntyre plays here with a sound that's already fully formed – an approach to the tenor that's as searingly human as that of Pharoah Sanders or Albert Ayler – but which is also played with a sharpness at times that recalls a young Marion Brown. The rest of the group is equally well-matched – a tremendous array of talent from the Chicago scene, with Malachi Favors on bass, Thurman Barker and Ajaramu on drums, Leo Smith on trumpet and flugelhorn, John Stubblefield on soprano sax, and Amina Claudine Myers on piano. George Hines vocalizes a bit on a few tracks – singing in a spiritual tone that's somewhat like Leon Thomas, but much freer and more abstract – and the album beautifully balances shorter musical statements with a fuller suite on side two – showing the deeper, more ambitious expressions that were starting to well up in the AACM. Titles include the tremendous "Humility In The Light Of Creator", plus "Hexagon", "Kcab Emoh", "Pluto Calling", "Life Force", and "Suite – Ensemble Fate". CD also features a bonus version of the title track! CD
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Nicole Mitchell's Ice CrystalAquarius ... CD
Delmark, 2013. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
An amazing new setting for the flute of Nicole Mitchell – the ultra-cool Ice Crystal quartet, which features sublime interplay between Mitchell and vibist Jason Adasiewicz! The blend of vibes and flute is mindblowing – and used here with the sense of space, soul, and sound that you'd get in some of the best 60s "new thing" recordings – an aspect of avant expression that Nicole's never touched like this before – even given her already wide palette of far-reaching styles! Other moments have a more spiritual approach – especially when the deep tones of bassist Josh Abrams come into play a bit more, and seem to brign out a whole new side of the drums of Frank Rosaly. The whole thing's another feather in the cap of Mitchell – one of those players who really makes us proud to call ourselves Chicagoans – as do the other members of the group – and titles include "Yearning", "Today Today", "Diga Diga", "Expectation", "Sunday Afternoon", and "Fred Anderson" – which features a spoken word passage by Calvin Gantt. CD

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Johnny B MooreRockin' In The Same Old Boat ... CD
Delmark, 2003. Used ... $7.99
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New Sun RaSun Song (aka Jazz By Sun Ra) ... LP
Transition/Delmark, 1956. Very Good ... $13.99
Sun Ra's first album as a leader – originally issued on the Transition label, but presented here in its better-known incarnation by Delmark Records! Even at this early point, Ra had a sound unlike any of his contemporaries – large group and modern, but not in a way that showed any similarities to work going on in New York or LA – a voice that was all his own, and already quite boldly stated, even in these early years! The format might be somewhat familiar – an ensemble with horns and rhythm – but the overall execution really starts to open up as the album moves on – with odd phrasings, timings, and unusual moments that live up to all the promise you might expect from Ra. Even Mingus and some of his better-known contemporaries weren't heading in these directions in the mid 50s – and the record is a proud showcase of the freedoms that players were often accorded in the less-trafficked Chicago scene of the time. Horns include Art Hoyle & Dave Young on trumpets, John Gilmore on tenor sax, Pat Patrick on baritone, Julian Priester on trombone, and James Scales on alto sax – and rhythm includes Jim Herndon on tympani, Robert Barry on drums, Wilbur Green on electric bass, and a young Richard Evans on acoustic bass! Titles include "Brainville", "Call For All Demons", "Transition", "Lullaby For Realville", "Street Named Hell", "New Horizons", "Fall Off The Long", "Possession", and "Future". LP, Vinyl record album
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Jason RoebkeHigh Red Center ... CD
Delmark, 2014. Used ... $7.99
Maybe the greatest work we've heard so far from Chicago bassist Jason Roebke – a key player on so many sessions for other jazzmen in recent years, but a hell of a visionary leader on his own! Roebke composed all new material for the record – and the set's performed by an octet that's overloaded with heavyweights – including Josh Berman on cornet, Jason Stein on bass clarinet, Keefe Jackson on tenor, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Jason Adasiewicz on vibes, and Mike Reed on drums – all players very familiar with Roebke's sound and style, and a great choice to carry out his mission in the music. There's definitely a compositional structure to the record, but many sounds are quite free, too – individual voices soaring out strongly in this flurry of notes and tones. Titles include "High Red Center", "Slow", "Dirt Cheap", "No Passengers", "Ten Nights", "Shadow", and "Ballin". CD
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Leon SashI Remember Newport ... LP
Delmark, 1967. Very Good+ ... $5.99
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New Kent SchneiderCelebration For Modern Man ... LP
Delmark, 1969. Very Good- ... $3.99
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(Cover has wear, some staining, a sticker on the back, a small split on the bottom seam, and a small ripped in one corner.)

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Archie Shepp & Kahil El'Zabar's Ritual TrioConversations – A Tribute To Fred Hopkins ... CD
Delmark, 1999. Used ... $6.99
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Dave Specter & Lenny LynnBlues Spoken Here ... CD
Delmark, 1998. Used ... $8.99
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Malachi Thompson47th Street ... CD
Delmark, 1997. Used ... $5.99
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Junior WellsSouthside Blues Jam ... LP
Delmark, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99 12.99
An incredible slice of Chicago blues – and maybe one of the most important contributions Delmark ever made to the Windy City scene! The album captures Junior Wells in all his rough and raw brilliance – working in territory that's quite similar to the Chess Records vibe of the early 60s – in a group that has Buddy Guy on guitar, Otis Spann on piano, and Louis Myers on a bit of extra guitar! Guy sings a bit, but Junior does most of the vocals – and also plays harmonica too – on titles that include "Blues For Mayor Dalye", "Stop Breaking Down", "You Say You Love Me", "Trouble Don't Last Always", and "Baby Please Lend Me Your Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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Junior Wells with Buddy GuyHoodoo Man Blues ... LP
Delmark, 1965. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99 12.99
The incredible mid 60s album from blues singer and harp blower Junior Wells and his Chicago Blues Band with Buddy Guy! This is a most pivotal set in which Junior & his players don't sound as if they're trying to imbue blues tradition with urban grit and electricity – it simply seems to happen naturally, and you can really imagine when you hear this how it blue the minds of so many Brit and American rock & blues fellows who would come the recast the style with their own life and experiences, and pretty much take over popular music with it. Titles include "Snatch It Back & Hold It", "In The Wee Wee Hours", "Hey Lawdy Mama", "Hoodoo Man Blues", "Yonder Wall", and "Chitlin Con Carne". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Roscoe MitchellHey Donald ... CD
Delmark, 1994. Used ... Just Sold Out!
An album dedicated to Donald Myrick – a fellow Chicago saxophonist of Mitchell's, an early member of the AACM, and most famously, a key member of Earth Wind & Fire! The session has a more laidback feel than some of Roscoe's other work, and features a quartet with Jodie Christian on piano, Malachi Favors on bass, and Albert Tootie Heath on drums and percussion. Tracks include "58th Street", "See You At The Fair", "Jeremy", "The El", "Dragons", "Walking In The Moonlight", "Song For Rwanda", and "Englewood High School". CD
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New Jason AdasiewiczSpacer ... CD
Delmark, 2011. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most amazing players to ever pick up the vibes – an artist with the sort of boundless creativity that Walt Dickerson and Bobby Hutcherson brought to the instrument in the 60s! Jason Adasiewicz has an amazing ear for both sound and music – and manages to balance the two perfectly – reaching for completely fresh sounds from the vibes, yet also with a sense of structure that's never too free – really maintaining a musical, melodic approach that keeps us rapt and attentive all the way through! Jason's music has always been great, but these recent Delmark sets are even a cut above – proof that both the label and the new Chicago scene are powerful forces in 21st Century jazz. The trio features excellent work by like-minded musicians Natt McBride on bass and Mike Reed on drums – and titles include "The Volunteer", "Pillow", "Run Fly", "Solo One", "Diesel", and "Waiting In The Attic". CD

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New Jason AdasiewiczSunrooms ... CD
Delmark, 2010. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Quite possibly the freshest vibist we've heard in years – a player whose records are always exploding with amazing sounds on his instrument – and the kind of intensity we'd reserve for a rare few on the vibes – maybe Bobby Hutcherson, Walt Dickerson, or Steve Nelson! Jason Adasiewicz has a talent that's been building and building for the past few years – and here, he really knocks it out of the park – showing a melodic conception that's as bold as his rhythmic inspiration – and control enough to get free, yet swing inside beautifully at just the right moment! The balance is one that's really been bringing some great sounds to the Chicago scene in recent years – and Jason's trio here features very like-minded cats – Mike Reed on drums and Nate McBride on bass, both players who ensure that the record is far more compelling than most other vibes trio sets you'll hope to find. Titles include "Stake", "Life", "Rose Garden", "Overtones Of China", "Warm Valley", and "Off My Back Jack". CD

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New Lurrie BellBlues Had A Baby ... CD
Delmark, 1999. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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New Josh BermanThere Now ... CD
Delmark, 2012. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Seminal Chicago sounds from cornetist Josh Berman – and a record that's not just a key example of his talents, but of the whole energy of the Windy City scene as well! There's a nice gag in the "His Gang" on the cover of the record – but it's also somewhat well put, too – as Berman's definitely got ears for the old-time sounds such a name might imply – yet always has ways of making those older modes come out with freshly modern energy! The balance is amazing – and really shows Josh's ear for trad jazz, mixed with his contemporary avant expressions – a pan-historical jazz mode that's hardly ever been handled this well – except maybe by Jaki Byard at a few moments. At some level, the instrumentation reads like an old trad band – cornet, clarinet, trombone, bass clarinet – but the sounds here are definitely 21st Century – played by a great "gang" that includes Guillermo Gregorio on clarinet, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Jason Stein on bass clarinet, Keefe Jackson on tenor, Jason Adasiewicz on vibes, Josh Abrams on bass, and Frank Rosaly on drums. Berman's arrangements are wonderful – very offbeat, but swinging too – and titles include "Sugar", "Mobile & Blues", "Liza", "Cloudy", "One Train May Hide Another", and "Jada". CD

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New Ari BrownGroove Awakening ... CD
Delmark, 2013. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The great Ari Brown, in wonderful form – hardly a player who needs any awakening at all, since he's been working strongly on the Chicago scene since the 70s! Ari's done famous work with his group The Awakening, Ramsey Lewis, and other bigger names – but we've really grown to love his music on his own – consistently fresh and inventive, yet rooted in a strong Chicago tradition of soulful soloing as well! The record's got Brown in the company of some very familiar players – Avreeayl Ra on drums, Yosef Ben Israel on bass, and the younger Kirk Brown on piano – with extra percussion from Dr Cuz, which really creates a sweet groove for Ari's lead work on tenor and soprano sax. Tunes are mostly originals – great numbers penned by Brown – and titles include "One For Ken", "Enka", "Veda's Dance", "Wayne's Trane", "Give Thanks", and "Groove Awakening". CD
Also available Groove Awakening ... CD 8.99

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New Chicago Underground TrioChronicle ... CD
Delmark, 2006. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The first-ever live performance from the Chicago Underground team of Rob Mazurek and Chad Taylor – working here as a trio, with bassist Jason Ajemian as a wonderful addition to the group! Ajemian's basslines really dominate the initial part of the set – creating a pulse that draws in the drums of Taylor and cornet of Mazurek – who then both open up on a variety of other instruments, including moog, electric celeste, gong, bamboo flute, vibes, marimba, and other percussion – all used in an almost AACM-like way. Ajemian contributes some electronics to the set, as does Mazurek – but the best sounds here are all acoustic ones – played with an abstracted sensibility that's quite textural, and which furthers the trademark expressions that have made Mazurek and Taylor one of the most compelling jazz teams to come from the Chicago scene in the past few decades. Titles include "Initiation", "Resistance", "Power", "Transformation", "Crisis", and "Transcendence". CD
(Please Note – This copy is missing its tray card, everything else is here.)

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New Ernest Dawkins New Horizon EnsemblePrairie Prophet ... CD
Delmark, 2011. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A wonderful tribute to Fred Anderson and the creative sanctuary he provided in Chicago at his Velvet Lounge – done wonderfully by saxophonist Ernest Dawkins and his New Horizons Ensemble! The group brilliantly trades in soulful, melodious interplay and sharp left turns into abstractions and a freer improved interplay – truly wonderful stuff and a fitting tribute to spirit of both tradition and creative freedom that could be heard at the Velvet. The Ensemble features a pair of trumpets – courtesy Marquis Hill and Shaun Johnson – plus Steve Berry on trombone, Jeff Parker on guitar, Junius Paul on bass and Isaiah Spencer on drums. Titles include "Hymn For A Hip King", "Sketches", "Mal-Lester", "Shades Of The Prairie Project", "Baghdad Boogie", "Mesopotamia" and more. CD

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New Exploding Star OrchestraStars Have Shapes ... CD
Delmark, 2010. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The most amazing record to date from Rob Mazurek's Exploding Star Orchestra – just the kind of cosmic, spiritual session you'd expect from the group's name – perfectly placed in a Chicago lineage that includes Sun Ra's Arkestra and the best years of the AACM! The group's got all the collaborative spirit of the latter reference – a largeish ensemble made up of some of the city's most important avant musicians in recent years – including Nicole Mitchell on flute, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Jason Adasiewicz on vibes, Josh Abrams on acoustic bass, Matt Bauder on clarinet and tenor, Jason Stein on bass clarinet, and Mike Reed and John Herndon on drums – all players who know each others strengths through countless gigs together – coming together under the visionary leadership of Rob Mazurek on cornet. There's some slight electro-acoustic elements, which further complicate the sound of the record – but all without ever taking it off base – and the whole thing's got a righteous sort of energy that makes us mighty proud that sounds this great came from our hometown. Titles include "ChromoRocker", "Impression #1", "Ascenscion Ghost Impression #2", and "Three Blocks Of Light". CD
Also available Stars Have Shapes ... LP 11.99

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New Steve Freund & Gloria HardimanSet Me Free (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Delmark, 1983. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An excellent early 80s session from guitarist Steve Freund – recorded on the indie side of the Chicago scene, and a key debut for the vocals of Gloria Hardiman! Gloria's definitely a blues singer, but her phrasing is almost more deep soul at times too – a really rich voice that was finally finding an outlet on the last strong scene in Chicago – but which might have sung for Chess or Brunswick, had she been born a decade or two before! The production is nicely laidback, and Hardiman's special style really helps keep the set away from any cliches – on titles that include "You Got Me", "That's All Right", "The Things I Used To Do", "New Orleans Hop Scop Blues", and "Well I Done Got Over It". CD features four bonus tracks – two unreleased, and two from a rare 45! CD

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New Paul Giallorenzo GitgoForce Majeure ... CD
Delmark, 2014. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Pianist Paul Giallorenzo makes his Delmark debut here – but he's already got some heavy help from the Chicago scene – including bold tenor from Mars Williams, and tight trombone from the great Jeb Bishop! Both players fit in perfectly with Giallorenzo's musical conception – and his ear for mixing tighter arrangements with freewheeling passages – shaped in similar ways to some of the best modes of the younger Chicago leaders in recent years. This quintet is Giallorenzo's greatest group so far – and also features Anton Hatwich on bass and Quin Kirchner on drums – both deft rhythm players very up to the challenge of Paul's creative compositions on the record. Titles include "Force Majeure", "Fits & Starts", "Blowings On", "A Tone", and "Rosco Far I". CD

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New JB HuttoSlidewinder (second cover) ... LP
Delmark, 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Early 90s promo pressing. Cover has light wear, a cutout hole, a stained corner, and some light stains on the back.)

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New Pete JohnsonCentral Avenue Boogie ... CD
Delmark, 1947. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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New Magic SamWest Side Soul ... CD
Delmark, 1967. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic bit of indie blues from the Chicago scene – featuring some great players from the second generation after Chess Records stopped picking up the younger local talents! Magic Sam leads the group on vocals and guitar, and he's working here with Mighty Joe Young on guitar, Odie Payne on drums, and Mack Thompson on bass – all to craft a set of rough and ready blues tunes that would have played well on both sides of the tracks at the time. Titles include "That's All I Need", "All Of Your Love", "I Don't Want No Woman", "Mama Mama Talk To Your Daughter", and "Lookin Good", a nice instrumental! CD

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New Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyreHumility In The Light Of Creator (plus bonus track) ... CD
Delmark, 1969. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most spiritual albums to come from the young AACM movement in Chicago – a session that's somewhat equal in expression to some of the best post-Coltrane work on Impulse Records! Maurice McIntyre plays here with a sound that's already fully formed – an approach to the tenor that's as searingly human as that of Pharoah Sanders or Albert Ayler – but which is also played with a sharpness at times that recalls a young Marion Brown. The rest of the group is equally well-matched – a tremendous array of talent from the Chicago scene, with Malachi Favors on bass, Thurman Barker and Ajaramu on drums, Leo Smith on trumpet and flugelhorn, John Stubblefield on soprano sax, and Amina Claudine Myers on piano. George Hines vocalizes a bit on a few tracks – singing in a spiritual tone that's somewhat like Leon Thomas, but much freer and more abstract – and the album beautifully balances shorter musical statements with a fuller suite on side two – showing the deeper, more ambitious expressions that were starting to well up in the AACM. Titles include the tremendous "Humility In The Light Of Creator", plus "Hexagon", "Kcab Emoh", "Pluto Calling", "Life Force", and "Suite – Ensemble Fate". CD also features a bonus version of the title track! CD
Also available Humility In The Light Of Creator (plus bonus track) ... CD 7.99

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New Roscoe Mitchell SextetSound ... LP
Delmark, 1966. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the first bold statements to come from Chicago's AACM underground of the 60s – a tremendous debut effort from the young Roscoe Mitchell! The album's got a "sense of the new" feel that's as gripping as anything recorded by ESP or Impulse around the same time – a rule-breaking, freely-creative approach to jazz that builds strongly off the changes already wrought by Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, and Archie Shepp! The format is somewhat like the Art Ensemble Of Chicago at times – with measured horn work from Mitchell on alto, clarinet, and recorder, Maurice McIntyre on tenor, Lester Bowie on trumpet and flugelhorn, and Lester Lashley on trombone (as well as a bit of cello). Some tracks – like the brilliant "Sound" – offer a slow-building exploration of tones and textures – while others, like the blues-joke "Little Suite", or the harmelodic "Ornette", show a wry sense of humor that would become a Chicago avant hallmark as the years went on! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Sun RaSound of Joy ... LP
Transition/Delmark, 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Something of a "lost" album from Sun Ra – material initially intended as his second album for Transition records in the 50s, but not issued until a decade later when Delmark Records was first putting the Chicago underground on the map! The sound here steps out nicely from the first Transition session – and Ra is already a bit bolder, not just in his structure of the songs, but in the way he handles his piano – with some darker notes and tones, more exotic phrasing, and even some very early use of electric piano – already with the haunting qualities that would show up more strongly in the Saturn years. Every member of the group is wonderful too – each with their own voice, spoken strongly and freely – in a lineup that includes Art Hoyle and Dave Young on trumpets, Julian Priester on trombone, Pat Patrick on alto and baritone sax, John Gilmore on tenor, Charles Davis on baritone, Victor Sproles on bass, William Cochran on drums, and Jim Herndon on tympani and timbali. Titles include "El Is A Sound Of Joy", "Overtones Of China", "Ankh", "Two Tones", "Saturn", "Reflections In Blue", and "Planet Earth". LP, Vinyl record album
(Later pressing, with a barcode on the back of the cover.)

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New Sun RaSun Song (aka Jazz By Sun Ra) ... LP
Transition/Delmark, 1956. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sun Ra's first album as a leader – originally issued on the Transition label, but presented here in its better-known incarnation by Delmark Records! Even at this early point, Ra had a sound unlike any of his contemporaries – large group and modern, but not in a way that showed any similarities to work going on in New York or LA – a voice that was all his own, and already quite boldly stated, even in these early years! The format might be somewhat familiar – an ensemble with horns and rhythm – but the overall execution really starts to open up as the album moves on – with odd phrasings, timings, and unusual moments that live up to all the promise you might expect from Ra. Even Mingus and some of his better-known contemporaries weren't heading in these directions in the mid 50s – and the record is a proud showcase of the freedoms that players were often accorded in the less-trafficked Chicago scene of the time. Horns include Art Hoyle & Dave Young on trumpets, John Gilmore on tenor sax, Pat Patrick on baritone, Julian Priester on trombone, and James Scales on alto sax – and rhythm includes Jim Herndon on tympani, Robert Barry on drums, Wilbur Green on electric bass, and a young Richard Evans on acoustic bass! Titles include "Brainville", "Call For All Demons", "Transition", "Lullaby For Realville", "Street Named Hell", "New Horizons", "Fall Off The Long", "Possession", and "Future". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Sun Song (aka Jazz By Sun Ra) ... LP 13.99

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New Jason RoebkeHigh Red Center ... CD
Delmark, 2014. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Maybe the greatest work we've heard so far from Chicago bassist Jason Roebke – a key player on so many sessions for other jazzmen in recent years, but a hell of a visionary leader on his own! Roebke composed all new material for the record – and the set's performed by an octet that's overloaded with heavyweights – including Josh Berman on cornet, Jason Stein on bass clarinet, Keefe Jackson on tenor, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Jason Adasiewicz on vibes, and Mike Reed on drums – all players very familiar with Roebke's sound and style, and a great choice to carry out his mission in the music. There's definitely a compositional structure to the record, but many sounds are quite free, too – individual voices soaring out strongly in this flurry of notes and tones. Titles include "High Red Center", "Slow", "Dirt Cheap", "No Passengers", "Ten Nights", "Shadow", and "Ballin". CD
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New Otis RushCold Day In Hell ... LP
Delmark, 1975. Used (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A loose, rollicking mid 70s studio record for Delmark by the great Otis Rush – with some longer numbers and a lively sound that's pretty damn sweet! There's a raw, invigorating sensibility here that recalls some of the best live sets we've seen Otis play over the years – a side of him that doesn't always come through in his studio work of the period! Otis is at his most passionate out front on vocal and guitar, backed by a pair of saxes, organ & piano, bass and drums. Bob Levis is also on guitar for half of the record, with Mighty Joe Young on the others. An overlooked gem for Otis Rush and the Delmark label! Includes "Cut You Loose", "You're Breaking My Heart", "Midnight Special", "Society Woman", "Mean Old Woman", "Cold Day In Hell", "All Your Love I Miss Loving/Jam" and "Motoring Along". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Dave Specter with Otis ClayMessage In Blue ... CD
Delmark, 2014. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Dave Specter is a blues guitarist with a long legacy on the Chicago scene – but on this album he also gets some help from windy city soul legend Otis Clay! Otis only sings on three of the album's thirteen tracks – but the setting with Specter really helps Clay find one of his strongest showcases in years – a tight, punched-up groove that brings us back to some of his overlooked work from the 80s – great sounds in a mix of deep soul and blues. Other tracks feature a mostly instrumental mode – save for a few vocals from Brother John Kattke, who also plays organ and Fender Rhodes on the record – and titles include "I Found A Love", "Chicago Style", "New West Side Stroll", "Got To Find A Way", "This Time I'm Gone For Good", "Opus De Swamp", and "The Spectifyin Samba". CD

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New Malachi ThompsonFreebop Now ... CD
Delmark, 1998. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
With Billy Harper on tenor, Oliver Lake on alto, and Harrison Bankhead on bass. Amiri Baraka recites on one track, and the legendary Sonny Seals plays tenor on another. CD
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New Junior Wells with Buddy GuyHoodoo Man Blues ... LP
Delmark, 1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The incredible mid 60s album from blues singer and harp blower Junior Wells and his Chicago Blues Band with Buddy Guy! This is a most pivotal set in which Junior & his players don't sound as if they're trying to imbue blues tradition with urban grit and electricity – it simply seems to happen naturally, and you can really imagine when you hear this how it blue the minds of so many Brit and American rock & blues fellows who would come the recast the style with their own life and experiences, and pretty much take over popular music with it. Titles include "Snatch It Back & Hold It", "In The Wee Wee Hours", "Hey Lawdy Mama", "Hoodoo Man Blues", "Yonder Wall", and "Chitlin Con Carne". LP, Vinyl record album
(7 West grand label stereo pressing – nice and heavy, and in great shape! Back cover and label have a small promo sticker.)
Also available Hoodoo Man Blues ... LP 9.99

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New Dewey JacksonLive At The Barrel 1952 ... CD
Delmark, 1952. Used ... Out Of Stock
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New Magic SamBlack Magic ... CD
Delmark, Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Rough-edged blues from the west side of Chicago – a stone classic from the mighty Magic Sam – a player who was taken from us all too soon! On the west side, they mix plenty of soul in with their blues – and you can definitely hear that on this stone smoker – a record that has roots in the same scene as Syl Johnson, whose modes definitely creep into the groove at times! Sam's combo here is mighty nice – with Eddie Shaw on tenor, Lafayette Leake on piano, and Mighty Joe Young on guitar – and titles include "Stop You're Hurting Me", "Easy Baby", "What Have I Done Wrong", "It's All Your Fault", "You Belong To Me", "You Don't Love Me Baby", and "San Ho Zay". CD
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New Frank RosalyCicada Music ... CD
Delmark, 2013. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The Delmark debut as a leader from drummer Frank Rosaly – and a very unique little record! Rosaly's a player we've really dug on other folks' records, and his vision here at the helm is pretty darn great – a real change from some of the modes used by his avant Chicago contemporaries – almost more poetic at points, although filled with sharp edges throughout! The record was composed for use in a documentary about Chicago scrap recyclers working the alley of the city – and Rosaly brings a really human, personal sort of feel to his music – even though the overall approach is still based on improvisation between group members too. The lineup features James Falzone on clarinet, Jason Stein on bass clarinet, Jason Roebke on bass and cracklebox, Keefe Jackson on tenor and bass clarinet, and Jason Adasiewicz on vibes – which adds some particularly great tones to the metallic narrative. Rosaly also plays a bit of percussion, piano, and electronics – and titles include "Adrian", "Bedbugs", "Driven", "Yards", "Wet Feet Splashing", "The Dark", and "Tragically Positive". CD

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New Sonny StittIt's Magic ... CD
Delmark, 1969. Used ... Out Of Stock
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New Magic SamWest Side Soul ... LP
Delmark, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A classic bit of indie blues from the Chicago scene – featuring some great players from the second generation after Chess Records stopped picking up the younger local talents! Magic Sam leads the group on vocals and guitar, and he's working here with Mighty Joe Young on guitar, Odie Payne on drums, and Mack Thompson on bass – all to craft a set of rough and ready blues tunes that would have played well on both sides of the tracks at the time. Titles include "That's All I Need", "All Of Your Love", "I Don't Want No Woman", "Mama Mama Talk To Your Daughter", and "Lookin Good", a nice instrumental! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Rob Mazurek Exploding Star Electro Acoustic EnsembSpace Between (CD/DVD) ... CD
Delmark, 2013. New Copy CD & DVD ... Out Of Stock
One of the most electric albums we've heard from Rob Mazurek in years – no surprise, given that the set's billed to an Electro Acoustic version of his Exploding Star group! The music here was done in collaboration with videomaker Marianne Kim – whose video is included with the package as a separate DVD, and also features some work from visual work from Mazurek as well. But our main focus here is the music, which is great – all the earthy, exploratory tones that Rob's been unleashing in recent years – clearly inspired by some of the best Miles or Don Cherry moments of the 70s, but very different too – as handled by this range of key contemporary players from Chicago. Rob speaks a bit on a few tracks, and the set also features work from Damon Locks on voice and electronics, Nicole Mitchell on flute, Matt Bauder on electronics, Guilherme Granado on sampler, Carrie Biolo on percussion, Jeff Kowalkowski on keyboards, and John Herndon on drums. Titles include "We Are All One With The Moon & Planets", "Only", "The Shifting Sequence", "Indra's Net", and "Seven Blues". CD
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New Jason AdasiewiczSpacer ... LP
Delmark, 2011. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the most amazing players to ever pick up the vibes – an artist with the sort of boundless creativity that Walt Dickerson and Bobby Hutcherson brought to the instrument in the 60s! Jason Adasiewicz has an amazing ear for both sound and music – and manages to balance the two perfectly – reaching for completely fresh sounds from the vibes, yet also with a sense of structure that's never too free – really maintaining a musical, melodic approach that keeps us rapt and attentive all the way through! Jason's music has always been great, but these recent Delmark sets are even a cut above – proof that both the label and the new Chicago scene are powerful forces in 21st Century jazz. The trio features excellent work by like-minded musicians Natt McBride on bass and Mike Reed on drums – and titles include "The Volunteer", "Pillow", "Run Fly", "Solo One", "Diesel", and "Waiting In The Attic". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Lurrie BellBlues In My Soul ... CD
Delmark, 2013. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Lurrie Bell just seems to get better and better with age – taking on a depth of tone in his guitar work that definitely marks his long years on the Chicago scene! This set's got Lurrie in mostly a small combo mode – singing and playing guitar with just a bit of organ, bass, and drums – plus additional horns and harmonica on a few other cuts. Titles include "Blues In My Soul", "My Little Machine", "South Side To Riverside", "If It's Too Late", and "Blues Never Die". CD

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New Keefe Jackson's Likely SoRound Goal ... CD
Delmark, 2013. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Keefe Jackson's an artist who seems to change the name of his group with each new recording – and for good reason too, given that every album has a very unique, personal feel! This date's a live recording done at the Jazzwerkstatt Festival – and it features Keefe working with a few key saxophonists from the Chicago scene, in an expanded lineup that also makes way for a rich array of European horns too – a brilliant array of reeds that carves out some marvelous tones and colors throughout! The approach is like a doubling (or tripling) of the sax quartet approach – really taking the concept to a whole new level – using the horns for rhythm, melody, and more – but also allowing plenty of solo space from this amazing lineup. Horns include tenor, alto, soprano, sopranino, and baritone saxes – plus bass clarinet, e flat clarinet, and alto clarinet as well – played by Keefe Jackson, Mars Williams, Waclaw Zimpel, Dave Rempis, Marc Stucki, Peter Schmid, and Thomas Mejer. Titles include "Overture", "Hierarch Follies", "Round Goal", "Roses", "Neither Spin Nor Weave", and "My Time Is My Own" – plus "Bridge Solo" tracks by Jackson and Rempis. CD

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New Rob Mazurek Pulsar QuartetStellar Pulsations ... LP
Delmark, 2012. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the most striking records so far from the mighty Rob Mazurek – a set that makes us more than glad we've been following his musical journey for the past two decades! The set's got a nicely compressed feel – one that takes some of the looser energy that's been bubbling up in recent Mazurek records, and delivers it in a tight quartet format – with Rob's sparkling cornet in the lead, amidst great piano from Angelica Sanchez, bass from Matt Lux, and drums from John Herndon! Given the wide resumes of all players, there's a really shifting sense of sound here – one that's bold one minute, introspective the next – and never falls into too-familiar jazz phrasing modes. Yet Mazurek's also really matured as a player, too – working here with a sensitivity we never would have expected years ago – captured with great clarity in the recording. Titles include "Magic Saturn", "Twister Uranus", "Spanish Venus", "Folk Song Neptune", "Primitvie Jupiter" and "Spiral Mercury". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Jason SteinStory This Time ... CD
Delmark, 2011. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Brilliant work from Jason Stein – a Chicago player who's been making some mighty waves on the avant scene of late, and who really comes into his own with this album! Stein's part of the new generation of avant Chicagoans – players who have a strong knowledge of free jazz, but also opt for a bit more structure and swing too – the kind of modernism that emerged best at the cusp of the 60s, in the generation of Mingus, Dolphy, and Ornette! Stein plays bass clarinet here, and there's definitely a Dolphy vibe to the music – great long solo lines, stretched out and searching, but also still swinging too – thanks to these nicely-blocked rhythms from Josh Abrams on bass and Frank Rosaly on drums. Keefe Jackson also plays some mean tenor – and titles include "Laced Case", "Background Music", "Little Big Horse", "Hatoolie", "Gallop's Gallop", "Work", "Lennie Bird", and "Badlands". Another great one from the new generation of Delmark! CD
 
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Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyreRam's Run ... LP
Cadence, 1981. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Great later work from this richly-expressive reedman – one of our favorite Kalaparusha recordings after his early Delmark years! There's a sound here that's freely expressive, yet never too out – a cohesive approach to the music that has some loft jazz touches, but which also takes us back to some of the key 60s years of various creative underground scenes in the US. McIntyre plays tenor throughout, and has a really sharp edge – one that mixes nicely with trumpet from Malachi Thompson, alto from Julius Hemphill, and drums from JR Mitchell – all coming together without any bass or piano, in a style that allows for a lot of interplay between the horns! Titles include "Gone", "Concentration", "African Walk", "Ram's Run", and "Mountain Duty". LP, Vinyl record album

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Roscoe MitchellRoscoe Mitchell Quartet – Live At A Space 1975 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Sackville, 1975. New Copy ... $11.99 16.99
One of Roscoe Mitchell's greatest albums from the 70s – a record that easily matches, if not beats, his classic recordings for Delmark and Nessa! Like those sets, there's a perfect sense of clarity here – the best essence of the AACM scene, taken to its most adventurous level by Roscoe – who's working way beyond music here, and is into a rich array of tones, textures, and sonic shapes – really amazing elements to come from a familiar alto, soprano, or tenor saxophone! He's got some great creative help on the project too – Muhal Richard Abrams on piano, George Lewis on trombone, and Spencer Barefield on guitar – the last of whom is darker here than on most of his later recordings. Obviously, the sensitivity that Lewis and Abrams bring to the record is a perfect match for Mitchell's direction – and the long tracks draw much from the spontaneous interplay between the three players. Titles include "Tnoona", "Music For Trombone & B Flat Soprano", "Cards", and "Olobo". Plus, this amazing new version features 4 great unissued tracks – including a beautiful version of "Naima", plus "Prelude To Naima", "Dastura", and "Nonaah". CD

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Jason AjemianFolklords ... LP
Delmark, 2014. New Copy ... Around August 1, 2014
One of the trippiest albums we've heard from Delmark in recent years – a really creative session from bassist Jason Ajemian, and one that links the label's avant jazz work to some of the deeper sides of Chicago's indie scene! Ajemian is free to work without any sense of genre or convention – in a mode that still hits plenty of jazz, with key use of work by Monk, Mingus, and Sun Ra – but which really abstracts things and takes them to a whole new level – opening up cosmic territory that lives up to the album's stated request to "Please Feel Yourselves". Ajemian plays bass and some electronics, in a quartet that also features Owen Stewart Robertson on guitar and electronics, Kid Bliss on alto sax and vibrolux, and Jason Nazary on drums – the last of which are played in a very slow, spacious style. All tracks are long – and titles include "Ask Mr Blunt Now" – which features extrapolations of "Satellites Are Spinning" and "Ask Me Now" – and "Orange Is The Color Of The Sun Then Blue Sky" – which is built upon some key Charles Mingus tunes. Other titles are originals, and include "Punk The Blues", "Material Girls", and "Freedom Is A Trail Of Tears". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Folklords ... CD 11.99

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New Big Joe WilliamsPiney Woods Blues ... LP
Delmar, Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Early Delmar label pressing – with green-tinted cover image, which has a Delmark logo. Back cover has a promo stamp.)

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New Henry ThreadgillJust The Facts & Pass The Bucket ... CD
About Time, 1983. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Overlooked genius from Henry Threadgill – one of his under-exposed 80s sessions for the About Time label, and work that's every bit as great as his better-known sides for Delmark or Black Saint! The group here has a nice sense of freedom and interplay – almost a quality that hearkens back to Threadgill's roots in the AACM, thanks to strong contributions from Craig Harris on trombone, Olu Dara on trumpet, Fred Hopkins on bass, Deidre Murray on cello, and both Pheeroan Aklaff and John Betsch on percussion. The tracks are nicely arranged, but never too stiffly – and titles include "Cremation", "Black Blues", "Gateway", and "Just The Facts And Pass The Bucket". CD
 
 
 



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