Marty Grosz Meets the Fat Babies
Diga Diga Doo
Delmark DE 256
This CD extols the hot "Chicago Style" jazz of the 20s and 30s. Led by octogenarian, guitarist Marty Grosz, the band features a contingent from The Fat Babies who hold forth at the Green Mill on ChicagoŐs north side and special guest Jim Dapogny. In 1948 Marty Grosz hitchhiked from New York to Chicago in search of "Hot Music". He returned to New York in 1950, made his first records, and then, after a stint in the Army, returned to Chicago where he played for 21 years. A "too-good-to-be-true" offer lured him back to New York, to Carnegie Hall, The White House, and all over the globe. Marty dislikes amplifiers and has remained an acoustic player during which he has amassed a discography thatŐs seventy-seven pages long. 16 songs include Diga Diga Doo, A Jazz Holiday and Strut Miss Lizzie.
| MARTY GROSZ MEETS
THE FAT BABIES / DIGA DIGA DOO -CD *DELMARK
Jazz CD DELMARK DE 256 *M
Sackville SK 3033
Known by friends as Humph, trumpeter Humphrey Lyttleton was an English jazz musician who formed his first band in 1936 at the age of 15. He was inspired by Louis Armstrong who subsequently referred to Lyttleton as "that cat in England who swings his ass off". In the 50s Lyttleton shifted from New Orleans style jazz to swing jazz and recorded with Buck Clayton. He remained active throughout his long life as a musician, record producer, broadcaster and cartoonist. This session was recorded in 1983 and features Humph on trumpet and clarinet with a Canadian band featuring Jim Galloway, soprano & baritone sax, clarinet; Ed Bickert, guitar; Neil Swanson, bass; Terry Clarke, drums.
| Lyttelton, Humphrey
/ In Canada
Jazz-Trad CD Sackville 3033. w/ Jim Galloway, Ed Bickert
Wild Bill Davison
The Jazz Giants
Born in Defiance, OH in 1906 Wild Bill Davison is one of jazz's most colorful cornet players of all time. Davison is best known for his association with Eddie Condon lasting from the mid-'40s into the 1960s. Recorded in 1968 this session was the result of a live engagement at Toronto's Colonial Tavern. The players were put together to play one gig billed as The Jazz Giants. The audience response was so tumultuous that return engagements were booked and arrangements were made for this recording. Wild Bill Davison, cornet; Benny Morton, trombone; Herb Hall, clarinet; Claude Hopkins, piano; Arvell Shaw, bass; Buzzy Drootin, drums. Contains a previously unissued piano feature on "Three Little Words" and an alternate take of "Black And Blue".
| DAVISON,WILD BILL / THE JAZZ
Jazz-Trad CD Sackville 3002. w/ Benny Morton, Herb Hall, Arvell Shaw
Delmark DE 5019
Solo jazz guitar is an exacting art, and Chicago guitarist Andy Brown has been pursuing his unique finger-style approach to chord-melody playing since falling under the spell of George Van Eps, Joe Pass, and Kenny Poole a couple of decades ago. Praised by Just Jazz Guitar magazine as "a world-class guitarist who is more than capable of giving a clinic on solo guitar performance," this recording captures Andy's nuanced playing on a beautiful array of standard songs, bossa novas, and jazz tunes. Recorded on a frigid January evening during one of Chicago's worst winters in history, this CD is sure to warm your soul! 14 tracks include "Stompin' At The Savoy", "Drum Boogie" and "Anything Goes". Also available: Howard Alden / Andy Brown Quartet, Heavy Artillery (5008).
| ANDY BROWN / Soloist -CD
Jazz CD. Delmark 5019.
Trio and Duet
No musician in jazz has enjoyed so complex a relationship with the form and its history as saxophonist Anthony Braxton. He has been celebrated and vilified as the music's figure of radical advance (and still is), while regularly asserting his relationship with tradition by exploring repertoire both famous and forgotten. This 1974 session features Leo Smith (trumpet, flugelhorn) and Richard Teitelbaum (Moog synthesizer) on the one trio piece on the album. The remainder of the program is comprised of duets with bassist Dave Holland playing jazz standards including two previously unissued songs, "I Remember You" and "On Green Dolphin Street". (Braxton's 1st album is Delmark 415.)
| BRAXTON, ANTHONY / TRIO
AND DUET -CD
Jazz CD Sackville 3007.
Sackville SKCD2 2046
Jazz pianist Junior Mance made his first recording at age
19 in 1947 with Gene Ammons. Two years later he recorded with
Lester Young and the following year with Sonny Stitt and Gene
Ammons. In '53 Mance was the house pianist at Chicago's Beehive
where he accompanied many greats including Charlie Parker and
Coleman Hawkins. Mance made his first album as leader in `59
for Verve and hasn't stopped since. He now has over 50 albums
as leader, the latest on his own JunGlo label from 2012 when
he was 83 years young. Jubilation is from a 1994 solo
piano concert in Toronto. 66 minutes includes "Autumn Leaves",
"Georgia On My Mind", St. Louis Blues", "Birks Works", "Lover
Man" and 10 more.
| MANCE,JUNIOR/JUBILATION -CD *SAC0002046
Jazz CD SAC0002046
George Van Eps
Once In Awhile
An amazing and unique jazz guitarist, George Van Eps' made
his first recording in 1930. He was busy in the 30s playing
with Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller and recording with many including
Red Norvo. In 1939 Van Eps switched to a seven-string guitar
that he designed. After World War II Van Eps settled in the
Los Angeles area busy in the film, radio and recording studios.
Once In Awhile contains tracks from Van Eps' 1946-49
recordings for the Jump label. Most are trio sides with Eddie
Miller on tenor saxophone and Stanley Wrightsman on piano including
the 1946 title track, a song he re-recorded in 1949 with bass
and drums being issued for the first time on CD here.
| VAN EPS, GEORGE / Once In A While
-CD *Jump 12
Jazz CD Jump 12-06
Buddy Tate Quartet
Sackville SK 3027
The great Texas tenor delivers the goods on this 1978 quartet
session featuring the same rhythm section of Wray Downes (piano),
Dave Young (bass) and Pete Magadini (drums) that played with
Don Menza on last month's reissue of Bones Blues (Sackville
4004). Tate's first big break came in 1939 when at the age of
26 he joined the Count Basie band and took a killer solo on
"Rock A Bye Basie". After ten years with Basie, Tate led his
own band for a twenty-year stint at Harlem's Celebrity Club,
toured Europe, made club appearances and numerous recordings.
The program includes "If You Could See Me Now", "Someday Sweetheart",
"Georgia On My Mind", "June Night", "Alone Together" and more.
Re-mixed from the original analog tapes this is the first issue
on CD of this album!
| TATE, BUDDY / Texas Tenor -CD
Jazz CD Sackville 3027
Evergreen Classic Jazz Band
Early Recordings 1915-1932
Formed in Seattle, in 1985, The Evergreen Classic Jazz Band
plays lesser-known music of the `20s and `30s. For this album
the band goes back even further in the teens, songs just about
100 years old. The ECJB has captured the style and essence of
original performances, without rote replication. Reinterpretation
of material originally done by larger groups is not easy, but
the ECJB gets a big sound through fresh, distinctive voicings
from the front line threesome, and tight, clear execution from
the rhythm section. Leader Tom Jacobus plays some fine tuba
and provides most of the musical arrangements. This 1995 session
yielded 17 songs including "Stomp Off, Let's Go", "Apex Blues",
"Ring Dem Bells" and "Stock Yards Strut". Contains more than
a full hour of foot stomping joy.
| THE EVERGREEN CLASIC JAZZ BAND /
Early Tunes 1915-1932 -CD
Jazz-Trad CD Jump 12-37
Bones Blues featuring Don Menza
Don Menza is a powerful tenor saxophonist, with a dynamic and distinctive sound and style. Born in Buffalo, NY in 1936, Menza was with Maynard Ferguson's Orchestra (1960-1962) as both a soloist and an arranger. A short tenure with Stan Kenton preceded joining Buddy Rich's 1968 big band in the "jazz tenor" chair, recording the famous solo cadenza on "Channel 1 Suite" (Recorded "live" at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas) that utilized circular breathing and has become known as a classic. He settled in California and has worked with Elvin Jones, Louie Bellson and as a long time member of The Tonight Show Band, with Johnny Carson. On this 1977 session Menza is featured with the Canadian rhythm section of Wray Downes, piano; Dave Young, bass; and Pete Magadini, drums. "Old Devil Moon", "Freddie the Freeloader", "I Remember Clifford", and 5 more.
| Magadini, Pete / Bones Blues -CD *Sackville
BLUES CD Sackville 4004
Jazz pianist Don Pullen was taken away from us way too soon. He passed at age 53 in 1995. He could play anything from blues to straight ahead to the outmost regions of avant garde jazz. This is a re-issue of his 1975 Sackville album originally titled Solo Piano Album. The new title track is a dedication to Muhal Richard Abrams who made his recorded debut on Demark. "Suite (Sweet) Malcolm (Part 1: Memories and Gunshots)" is for Malcolm X. "Big Alice" is a tour de force embedded with all of Pullen's gospel and soul roots. "Song Played backwards" is a song Pullen decided to play in reverse of the note sequence he had composed! Pullen's music is fierce and joyous and alive, and his presence abides in every note here.
| Pullen, Don / Richard's Tune -CD *Sackville
BLUES CD Sackville 3008
Doc Cheatham And Jim Galloway
At The Bern Jazz Festival
Jazz trumpeter Doc Cheatham was born in 1905, moved to Chicago in 1924 and fell in love with traditional jazz after hearing King Oliver. Cheatham played with McKinney's Cotton Pickers, Cab Calloway, Benny Carter, Teddy Wilson and Fletcher Henderson. He passed in `97 at the age of 91. The first six songs here were recorded live at The Bern Jazz Festival, Switzerland on April 30, 1983. The remaining three at Traders Lounge, Toronto 1984 & `85. "Everyone is in fine form on this small group swing CD." **** Scott Yanow, allmusic.
Jim Galloway Meets Bob Barnard
What's New Sackville
Jazz cornetist Bob Barnard is one of the most highly regarded jazz musicians ever to come from Australia. Bob and Jim had worked separately with legendary Swiss jazz pianist Henry Chaix and his trio but this was the first time they had all met together on the same stage. Recorded live on October 19, 1997 in Baden, Switzerland this disc contains 10 selections. "Although they mostly perform swing standards, the music is closer to traditional jazz. Listening to this very coherent and swinging music, it is impressive to note that Barnard and Galloway had never played together before." **** Scott Yanow, allmusic.
Delmark DE 916
Perhaps best known as a blues label Delmark Records actually has issued more jazz albums than blues and was the first label to record Chicago's AACM jazz collective. Founded in 1953 by Bob Koester, Delmark Records continues to record jazz and blues under Koester's leadership including today's cutting edge jazz scene in Chicago. Delmark 60th Anniversary: Jazz features Red Holloway, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis from masters originally recorded for the Apollo label but never issued on CD, Sonny Stitt, Nicole Mitchell, Corey Wilkes, Ernest Dawkins, Kahil El'Zabar, a sneak preview of the forthcoming new album from The Fat Babies, Ira Sullivan with the Jim Holman Trio, Keefe Jackson, Josh Berman and more.
Jazz CD Delmark - 916 *V
Delmark has acquired the Jump label and this is the first of many re-issues. Originally issued as a 1955 10" LP under the leadership of trumpeter Hall Daniels the session features Dick Nash, trombone; Zoot Sims, tenor sax; Bob Gordon, baritone sax; Tony Rizzi, guitar; Paul Atkinson, piano; Rolly Bundock, bass; and Jack Sperling, drums. A top studio arranger Daniels wrote many scores for motion pictures and is also noted for his work with Les Baxter. Hall composed two originals for this session and wrote wonderful arrangements for two standards. The songs are "The Way You Look Tonight", "Nash-Ville", "You Don't Know What Love Is" and "Compatability" however there are as many as four varying takes of each song so there's over 55 minutes.
Jazz CD Jump 12-36. 1955 session