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Luther AllisonLove Me Mama ... LP
Delmark, 1969. Near Mint- ... $23.99
Raw early work from the great Luther Allison – with the man himself on guitar and vocals, plus a bit of extra guitar from Jimmy Dawkins – and tenor on two tracks from Jim Conley too! LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing – in nice shape!)

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Fred Anderson21st Century Chase – 80th Birthday Bash Live At The Velvet Lounge ... CD
Delmark, 2009. Used ... $9.99
Fred Anderson celebrates his birthday in the company of another avant tenor talent – reedman Kidd Jordan, who joins Anderson on the album's extended title improvisation – which is referred to as an update of the Dexter Gordon/Wardell Gray "Chase" battle of the late 40s! As you'd expect from Anderson, the sound here is much more outside – but definitely held to a strong legacy of tenor expression, especially the Chicago school from which Fred sprang. The rest of the group features Jeff Parker on guitar, Harrison Bankhead on bass, and Chad Taylor on drums – an in addition to the 50 minute "21st Century Chase", the album also features the extended "Ode To Alvin Fielder". CD
(Out of print.)

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Fred AndersonOn The Run – Live At The Velvet Lounge ... CD
Delmark, 2000. Used ... Just Sold Out!
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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Fred AndersonTimeless – Live At The Velvet Lounge ... CD
Delmark, 2005. Used ... Just Sold Out!
One of the last live dates captured at Fred Anderson's original Velvet Lounge location – a hotbed of creative jazz energy in Chicago, summed up here perfectly by the power of performance! Anderson's working in a trio with Harrison Bankhead on bass and Hamid Drake on drums – free, but almost never too far out, and always with a tuneful sensibility that's really great – a tenor style that echoes some of the more creative moments of Von Freeman and earlier improvisers on the scene, yet which shows some of the bolder opportunities of Anderson's generation. Titles are all long, and include "Flashback", "Ode To Tip", "By Many Names", and "Timeless". 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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Anthony Braxton3 Compositions Of New Jazz (North Lincoln) ... LP
Delmark, 1968. Near Mint- ... $16.99
Even at an early age, Anthony Braxton was already experimenting with new forms of jazz composition – and this 1968 debut as a leader is filled with the imaginative approaches to music that would make him a key shaper of jazz in the next decade! The tracks here are all quite long, and although free-sounding, still have an intrinsic logic dictated by Braxton's compositional ideals – played by himself on alto, soprano sax, clarinet, flute, and a variety of other instruments – in a quartet that features Leo Smith on trumpet and mellophone, Muhal Richard Abrams on piano and cello, and Leroy Jenkins on violin and viola. In true AACM fashion, all players pick up other instruments as the tunes roll on – percussion bits, kazoo, slide whistle, bells, and more – almost more Art Ensemble-like than some of Braxton's more tightly-controlled environments on later records. Titles include two pieces titled in Braxton's equation-like style – plus "The Bell". LP, Vinyl record album
(Later pressing with North Lincoln address.)

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Anthony BraxtonFor Alto ... CD
Delmark, 1969. Used ... $7.99
One of the first solo saxophone recordings of the 60s – recorded as one of the first few sessions by a young Anthony Braxton! As the title implies, the whole album features alto sax – played freely by Braxton with a depth of creativity and sense of humanity to rival any of the previous greatness of his generation from bigger names on labels like Impulse or ESP. There's a great sense of restraint here too – not one that has Braxton on the inside of the jazz spectrum, but which keeps him focused, and never to overly-indulgent in this new sort of setting. The sounds from his alto are clearly revolutionary – even from the perspective of many decades later – and we honestly think this record still beats most of the albums of this type that have come out in the years since it was first recorded! Tunes are all dedicated to Braxton's friends and heroes, in sort of a who's-who of the avant garde – and ttles include "To Composer John Cage", "To Leroy Jenkins", "To Murray De Pillars", and "To Pianist Cecil Taylor". CD

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Eddie CampbellSpider Eating Preacher ... CD
Delmark, 2012. Used ... $1.99
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 ... $2.99
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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Jodie ChristianReminiscing ... CD
Delmark, 2000. Used ... $5.99
... CD
(Punch through barcode.)

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✨✧ Jodie ChristianSoul Fountain ... CD
Delmark, 1997. Used ... $4.99
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✨✧ Jodie Christian with Norris TurneyFront Line ... CD
Delmark, 1996. Used ... $4.99
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Eddy ClearwaterBoogie My Blues Away ... CD
Delmark, 1977. Used ... $2.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Jim CooperNutville ... CD
Delmark, 1991. Used ... $4.99
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Arthur Big Boy CrudupCrudup's Mood ... LP
Delmark, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $29.99
Also features bass from Willie Dixon! LP, Vinyl record album
(N Lincoln pressing.)

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✨✧ Kahil El'Zabar & David MurrayWe Is – Live At The Bop Shop ... CD
Delmark, 2000. Used ... $12.99
A great reunion of the team of Kahil El'Zabar and David Murray – a duo who really seem to bring out the best in each other! Murray's got a deep, round tone on his tenor here – a focused, rhythmic approach that falls in line beautifully with El'Zabar's drums and percussion – rolling along in a modal groove on some numbers, or snapping out with freer, looser energy on others. Kahil vocalizes a bit in the background, but Murray's horn is the dominant voice on these tracks – and a few numbers feature some more introspective lines on bass clarinet. Tracks are all quite long, and feel like spontaneous expressions that arise out of mutual respect between the players. Titles include "Groove Allure", "We Is", "Blues Affirmation", "One World Family", and "Sweet Meat". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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Sleepy John EstesLegend Of Sleepy John Estes ... CD
Delmark, Mid 60s. Used ... $5.99
With Hammie Nixon on harmonica, Knocky Parker on piano, and Ed Wilkinson on bass! CD

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Ethnic Heritage EnsembleContinuum ... CD
Delmark, 1997. Used ... $6.99
... CD
(Punch through barcode.)

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Exploding Star OrchestraStars Have Shapes ... LP
Delmark, 2010. New Copy ... $12.99 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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Jesse FortuneFortune Tellin' Man ... CD
Delmark, 1993. Used ... $3.99
... CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)
 
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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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✨✧ Roscoe Mitchell Art EnsembleCongliptious ... LP
Nessa, 1968. Very Good ... $24.99
We're not sure what "congliptious" means – but to us, it's always been the title of this excellent early session from reedman Roscoe Mitchell! The sessions here were recorded in 1968, at the Ter-Mar (Chess) Studios in Chicago – and they document a key coming-together of Chicago avant jazz talents – one that captures Mitchell with Lester Bowie and Malachi Favors in the years before better-known dates by the Art Ensemble of Chicago! The style here is somewhat similar to some of the best Delmark AACM sessions of the time – in that there's a hell of a lot of room for each player to open up individually – almost a recording style that takes off even more strongly from the individualist mode of the New York "new thing" generation – showing that Chicago could go one better by allowing each player completely unbridled space to express themselves. Malachi Favors solos on "Tutankhamen", Mitchell does an alto solo on "Thke", and Bowie plays alone on "Jazz Death" – while the trio of players comes together with percussionist Robert Crowder on the long number "Congliptious/Old" – a cool cut that almost links a Sun Ra aesthetic to the AACM. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Anthony BraxtonSaxophone Improvisations/Series F ... LP
Inner City, 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Proof that Anthony Braxton on his own could generate as much excitement as a whole group of other players! The album's a key work in the tradition of Braxton's seminal For Alto session for Delmark – played on alto sax as well, and featuring Braxton in solo exploration of a variety of original compositions – all named with unique mathematical formulas, but delivered with an intensely personal sound that's anything but academic! Braxton's work on the alto here is some of the greatest of the time – an exploration of realms of the instrument hardly ever expected – and a rich journey that takes along bits of Parker, Stitt, and Konitz – but comes up with a sound that can only be described as Braxton at his purest! Surprisingly soulful throughout, and a great example of why we treasure solo Braxton so highly. 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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