Bob Graf – At Westminster
Delmark DD 401 (1992)
In Jazz, as in every art form, not every participant is a major innovator. Many jazz musicians are journeymen, never reaching the pinnacle of their trade. Local legends, underground heroes, or competent sidemen in big bands, they work diligently at their craft, yet were destined never to achieve renown. Delmark’s Underground Heroes series has highlighted some of these lesser known musicians. This debut release of the series presents one such artist, Bob Graf. Issued in 1959, The Bob Graff Sessions was the first modern jazz record produced by Robert Koester for the “Delmar” label, later to become Delmark.