Reissues - Jazz & Blues Back On CD

Coming in July...


Floyd McDaniel with Dave Specter and The Bluebirds
West Side Baby, Live In Europe
Delmark DE 706

A treasure of an album from a man who spent over half a century in an urban hipster's world of jump and jive. Floyd McDaniel passed away in 1995 at the age of 80 but fortunately we have this `94 live date to celebrate his long life in music. For Floyd that journey included playing the 1933 Chicago World's fair, pop success in the 40s and 50s with the Four Blazes, an extended run with the Ink Spots and in the 90s a blossoming solo career that included his first album as a leader, Let Your Hair Down! (Delmark 671). His whiskey-smooth vocals and Charlie Christian/T-Bone Walker-influenced guitar work are in fine form here. This was Floyd's last recording but through it his music lives on. Also available: The Four Blazes, Mary Jo (Delmark 704).

Eddie Johnson
Love You Madly
Delmark DE 515

Chicago tenor sax great Eddie Johnson passed away on April 7, 2010 at the age of 89. This 1999 session was recorded at the tail end of his last active period in a long professional career that went back to the 40s. Eddie led the Jazz Masters for six years at Alexander's Steakhouse on Chicago's south side so the band was ready for the date. With Chicago piano legend John Young, bassist Eddie De Haas and drummer George Hughes. Jazz Masters trumpeter Paul Serrano did not participate as musician but was the recording/mixing engineer. A wonderful straight-ahead jazz CD with ten songs including the Duke Ellington title track, "Gravy Waltz", "Eyes Of Love", "My Buddy".


Jodie Christian
Soul Fountain

Delmark DE 498

This 1994 recording session was the second that featured Christian with long-time associate Roscoe Mitchell (alto sax, soprano sax and flute) and then-newcomer Art Porter (alto sax). Soul Fountain features nine tracks that vary in group size from solo piano to sextet with Odies Williams, trumpet; John Whitfield, bass; Ernie Adams, drums. "Pianist Jodie Christian challenges expectations with Soul Fountain. From this Chicago-based veteran pianist, you might expect a swinging session of straightahead soul-jazz, taking a cue from the Clifford Jordan-composed blowing vehicle and the title track. Christian fulfills that expectation, turns in a bright, engaging program of hard-bop, blues and soul, but also a few surprises. ****Down Beat Also available: Jodie Christian, Rain Or Shine (Delmark 467) with Roscoe Mitchell & Art Porter.


Ira Sullivan Presents Lin Halliday
Delayed Exposure

Delmark DE 449

Delayed Exposure (1991) represented a long overdue debut release by the hard-blowing, 55 year-old tenorman who had ventured all over the map but was still something of an underground Chicago hero. Lin Halliday "favors slightly loose bebop, plays with a gruff tone...and seems to think in two- to three-measure phrases, pausing between them for an effect that sounds at first like he's unsure of himself and later like he's found a way to make each phrase stand out, like a Hemingway sentence." -Option. "The leader's intense Rollinsesque tenor and the fiery Clifford Brown-like trumpet (as well as exquisite flute) of Ira Sullivan are complemented by a fine straight-ahead local rhythm section...the playing projects a sense of absolute naturalness and utter lack of pretension." -Cadence
Also available: Ira Sullivan Presents Lin Halliday, Where Or When (Delmark 468).


Back on CD right now...

Ira Sullivan presents Jim Cooper

Delmark DE 457

Jazz vibist Jim Cooper's second Delmark CD, Nutville, was originally issued in 1992: "...a warm wind blowing out of the Windy City, a suave mainstream session highlighted by solid solo work from the vibist with multi-instrumentalist bravura by Ira Sullivan" -Down Beat, "...the vibist establishes a strong claim to be the Thelonious Monk of his instrument...then Cooper shows off substantial symmetry and lyricism on ballads as well as a real affinity for the Latin tinge" -Cadence. Jim Cooper, vibes; Ira Sullivan, trumpet, tenor and soprano sax; Bob Dogan (who contributes three original compositions), piano; Dan DeLorenzo, bass: Charlie Braugham, drums; Alejo Poveda, percussion. Nine songs, 62 minutes.



Jazz Cassette DELMARK 457 *c- Cassette Tape



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Jazz Ltd.
Volume One

Delmark DE 226

Owned and operated by Bill and Ruth Reinhardt, Jazz Ltd. was a Chicago jazz club from 1947 into the early '70s. These 1949 and '51 recordings feature some of the greatest names in traditional jazz. Sidney Bechet was just a few months away from leaving for France. Check out the wonderful lyrical trumpet of a neglected great in jazz, Doc Evans, and the powerfully swinging solo and ensemble trombone of Miff Mole. Cornetist Muggsy Spanier was back home in Chicago and Don Ewell has long been recognized as one of the best piano players in traditional jazz, "...pure swinging Dixieland jazz played by the pros" -JazzTimes. Contains a fascinating interview with Bill and Ruth.

Jazz-Trad DELMARK 226


Barrett Deems

Delmark DD 492

Barrett Deems was one of the greatest jazz drummers of all time! "Barrett Deems made coffee nervous" is a Louis Armstrong quote with whom Barrett made his reputation as "World's Fastest Drummer". The man stoking the fire on this record, credits his nickname, Deemus, as a reference to the great drum god of mythology Demuskrotis who, it is written, watches over and inspires percussionists. This 1978 session, which was Barrett's first as leader after a half-century of superlative playing, features Chuck Hedges, clarinet; Don DeMichael, vibes; Bob Roberts, guitar; Steve Behr, paino; John Defauw, rhythm guitar; Wilson McKindra, bass; Barrett Deems, drums. "Shine", "After You've Gone", "Seven Come Eleven" and 5 more.



Karen Carroll
Talk To The Hand

Delmark DE 707

The best musicians transcend styles and techniques. They deliver their hearts and souls; connecting on a primal level, one on one with each and every listener. Karen Carroll is just such an artist and one of the most universal artists to come on the scene since Nina Simone. Within one line, indeed almost one word of a song, she can lay down the grit of Howlin' Wolf stroked by the sass of Sarah Vaughan. Karen weaves her complex emotions into songs that become slave to her feelings and turn her vocals into the lead instrument of music that leaves classic definitions of blues bleeding in her wake. "A highly original and accomplished set by one of Chicago's bright lights with the added freshness of seven self-penned numbers" -Blues & Rhythm .

Blues CD DELMARK 707


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