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✨✧ Eric AlexanderMode For Mabes ... CD
Delmark, 1998. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A dynamic sextet outing from tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander – easily one of the best straight jazz albums recorded by the Delmark label in the 90s, put together with a rock-solid sound all the way through! Alexander's tenor would be enough to make the record great, but the album also features piano from perfect partner Harold Mabern – once Eric's teacher, but a player who's set on fire anew by his presence on dates like these. Other members of the group include trumpeter Jim Rotondi – nicely focused in the frontline here, and matching Alexander and trombonist Steve Davis on the heads with a classic sort of Blue Note energy. Bass is by John Webber and drums are by George Fludas – and titles include a great modal reading of "Naima", plus "Mode For Mabes", "Sugar Ray", "Erik The Red", "Love Thy Neighbor", "Stay Straight", and "For Heaven's Sake". CD

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Lurrie BellBlues In My Soul ... CD
Delmark, 2013. Used ... $7.99
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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Josh BermanDance & A Hop ... CD
Delmark, 2015. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
Tremendous work from the great Josh Berman – one of the most important musicians on the Chicago underground scene of the past decade or so – not just for his work on cornet, but also for his warmly collaborative and supportive spirit! That quality really comes through here – on a trio date that has Josh's horn with Jason Roebke on bass and Frank Rosaly on drums – all working together in this very special, very individual style – one that seems to embrace so many different decades of jazz at once – from the early trad phraseologists admired by Berman, to the postwar modern that's resurfaced in the recent Chicago scene, to the 21st Century experiments that all three members have engaged in! All the music is composed, but the performance has a looseness that almost feels improvised – save for the sense of cohesion in the tunes, and that no player ever steps too far outside – even though all of them are pretty darn freewheeling. We're not sure we've ever even heard a cornet trio before – but even if we had, there's never been anything like this – as you'll hear on titles that include "Cold Snap", "Today's Date", "Mint", "Your Uncle", "Time/Trouble", "Wooden", "Bridges", and "Luggage". CD

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Jimmy BurnsLeaving Here Walking ... CD
Delmark, 1996. Used ... $3.99
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Jimmy BurnsNight Time Again ... CD
Delmark, 1999. Used ... $7.99
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Eddie CampbellSpider Eating Preacher ... CD
Delmark, 2012. Used ... $5.99
A cooker from this Chicago living legend – and proof that the passage of time hasn't dimmed the talents of Eddie Campbell at all! Eddie's firmly in the lead on vocals and guitar – plus a bit of harmonica, too – and the setting is mostly stripped-down, with the kind of no-nonsense contemporary blues production you'd expect from Delmark – almost a back-to-basics mode that really fits the music. Lurrie Bell guests on a few tracks – and titles include "Brownout", "I Do", "Call My Mama", "I Don't Understand This Woman", "Boomerang", "Starlight", "All My Life", "Skin Tight", and "My Friend". CD

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Eddie CampbellTear This World Up ... CD
Delmark, 2009. Used ... $6.99
Great old school Chicago blues from Eddie Campbell – the kind of stripped-down set we might have heard from Delmark back in the 70s! Eddie's on both acoustic and electric guitar, mostly the latter – and sings with an easygoing, almost conversational style on most numbers – easing into the tunes as he might on the stage of a small club – with tight combo backing that includes piano, organ, harmonica, and a bit of horns on a few tracks. Titles include "Makin Popcorn", "Love Me With A Feeling", "Tie Your Time Up", "Voodoo", "All Nite", "Bluesman", "Care", "My Last Affair", and "I'm Just Your Fool". CD

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Eddy ClearwaterBoogie My Blues Away ... CD
Delmark, 1977. Used ... $6.99
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(Out of print.)

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Ernest DawkinsMessenger – Live At The Original Velvet Lounge ... CD
Delmark, 2005. Used ... $6.99
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Tail DraggerAmerican People ... CD
Delmark, 1999. Used ... $4.99
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Kahil El'ZabarWhat It Is ... CD
Delmark, 2013. Used ... $3.99
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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Ethnic Heritage EnsembleFreedom Jazz Dance ... CD
Delmark, 1999. Used ... $6.99
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✨✧ Ethnic Heritage EnsembleHot N Heavy – Live At Ascension Loft ... CD
Delmark, 2006. Used ... $4.99
Wonderful live work from the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble – just the kind of set needed to remind us that the group is still very much on track after all these years! The quartet makes some wonderful sounds under the leadership of percussionist Kahil El'Zabar – stretching out on long tracks that build with a strong sense of pulse and purpose, and which often avoid some of the overindulgent moments that could sometimes hurt the Ensemble's sound in years past. There's a really unified vibe going on here – possibly because the performance was being filmed for a DVD co-release – and alongside Kahil's earth drums, percussion, and kalimba, other instrumentation includes trumpet and flugelhorn from Corey Wilkes, alto and tenor from Ernest Dawkins, and guitar from Fareed Haque. Titles include "Major To Minor", "MT", "Hot N Heavy", "There Is A Place", and "Black As Vera Cruz". CD

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Fat BabiesSolid Gassuh ... CD
Delmark, 2016. Used ... $7.99
The Fat Babies seem to get better and better with each new record – really refining and perfecting their approach to classic jazz – at a level that's surprisingly authentic in both the performance, and the recording quality! The set's a CD, but feels almost like a batch of old 78s – given the way that the group never tries to update their phrasing, and also addresses the recording process with that urgent liveness that can make jazz recordings from the 20s so great. The approach is almost like that point when funk groups of the Desco/Daptone scene were the first to go back and really get things right when it came to making a vintage style record – as do these guys with their lineup of string bass, cornet, clarinet, trombone, banjo, drums, and piano. Titles include "Parkway Stomp", "Feelin Good", "Doctor Blues", "Pencil Papa", "I Miss A Little Miss", "Alabamy Bound", and "You Were Only Passing Time With Me". CD
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Fat BabiesSolid Gassuh ... CD
Delmark, 2016. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
The Fat Babies seem to get better and better with each new record – really refining and perfecting their approach to classic jazz – at a level that's surprisingly authentic in both the performance, and the recording quality! The set's a CD, but feels almost like a batch of old 78s – given the way that the group never tries to update their phrasing, and also addresses the recording process with that urgent liveness that can make jazz recordings from the 20s so great. The approach is almost like that point when funk groups of the Desco/Daptone scene were the first to go back and really get things right when it came to making a vintage style record – as do these guys with their lineup of string bass, cornet, clarinet, trombone, banjo, drums, and piano. Titles include "Parkway Stomp", "Feelin Good", "Doctor Blues", "Pencil Papa", "I Miss A Little Miss", "Alabamy Bound", and "You Were Only Passing Time With Me". CD
Also available Solid Gassuh ... CD 7.99

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Jesse FortuneFortune Tellin' Man ... CD
Delmark, 1993. Used ... $5.99
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(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Four BlazesMary Jo ... CD
Delmark, Late 50s. Used ... $5.99
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George FreemanBirth Sign ... CD
Delmark, 1969. Used ... $8.99
A cooking little album from guitarist George Freeman – his first album as a leader, recorded during a brief initial period of fame at the start of the 70s! The album's got a stripped-down, very groovy feel – one that takes off from some of Freeman's 60s work with Groove Holmes – but which puts George center stage, and allows for plenty of examples of his amazing tone and phrasing on the guitar! The core group is a trio – with Sonny Burke on organ and Billy Mitchell on drums – and Freeman's more famous brother Von joins in on tenor sax on a good portion of the tracks – playing in a soul jazz mode that's arguably better than that used on his Atlantic debut, recorded right around the same time. One more track features an even more unusual lineup – with Lester Lashley on trombone, Robert Pierce on organ, and Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre on tenor, making one of his few appearances on record of this type! But the real star of the set throughout is George Freeman – playing the electric guitar with a quality that's unlike anyone else we can think of – a nitty, gritty tone that's almost a direct heir of T-Bone Walker, but a lot jazzier overall! Titles include the great funky number "Must Be Must Be", plus "Hoss", "Cough it Up", "Mama Papa Brother", "Birth Sign", "My Ship", and "My Scenery". CD

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✨✧ Lin Halliday with Ira SullivanEast Of The Sun ... CD
Delmark, 1991/1992. Used ... $8.99
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Clancy HayesOh By Jingo (2nd cover) ... LP
Delmark, Mid 60s. Near Mint- ... $0.99
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(Lincoln Ave pressing in a 7 West Grand cover.)
 
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Luther Johnson with Muddy Waters Blues BandCome On Home ... LP
Douglas, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
Wild guitar from Luther Johnson – an obscure earlier session recorded with a nicely gritty feel, and a fair bit of funk in the rhythms too! The group's billed as the Muddy Waters Blues Band – and Muddy appears to be on the record, although the notes are a bit lean – and the album features a number of great instrumentals, with really ripping guitar solos – plus a few vocal tracks too. The record's got a raw sound that's more of a Delmark Chicago blues vibe than a Chess Records one – and titles include "Top Of The Boogaloo", "Sting It", "Natural Wig", "Blues For Hippies", "Remember Me", "Snake", and "Sad Day Uptown". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ 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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✨✧ Jack DeJohnetteMade In Chicago ... CD
ECM (Germany), 2015. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A brilliant reunion of some key members of the AACM in Chicago – recorded at the Chicago Jazz Festival in a stunning performance that features drummer Jack DeJohnette in the lead, plus Muhal Richard Abrams on piano, Henry Threadgill on alto and flute, and Roscoe Mitchell on a variety of reeds! Bassist Larry Gray completes the group, and also plays a bit of cello – and the music has this wonderfully freewheeling, organic quality that really takes us back to the early years of the avant scene in Chicago – that very special sense of improvisation that the players forged back in the day – with an especially sonic-sensitive ear tuned towards the musicianship. The album is neither the usual ECM mode, nor even what we'd expect from DeJohnette – and instead takes us back to the earliest utterings from Chicago on labels like Delmark or Nessa. Titles include "Chant", "Jack 5", "Leave Don't Go Away", "Ten Minutes", and "Museum Of Time". CD
 
 
 



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