Delmark Records in New City Music 45: Who Keeps Chicago In Tune 2019

Julia A. Miller and Elbio Barilari
Delmark Records
Julia A. Miller and Elbio Barilari dispatched the projects they inherited when they took over Delmark in 2018, and have produced eleven new releases that will define their era of the label. These include albums by longtime Chicago talents Dee Alexander, The Fat Babies and Willie Buck, as well as rising talents Javier Red and Guy King. Keeping in mind that jazz aficionados are often audiophiles, the label partnered with Qobuz, a French digital streaming service specializing in 24-bit high resolution that launched in the United States this spring. And since jazz aficionados are also often collectors, they’ve initiated a reel-to-reel project, releasing one-to-one copies of master tapes, which appeal to connoisseurs of both audio and artifacts. Miller and Barilari are vigorous digital custodians of their historic catalog, more than doubling the number of tracks online, with the total nearing 7,000.


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