Delmark: 60 Years Of Jazz
Delmark DG 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. 60 years in one of the most tempestuous, mercurial businesses of all, the record business. If that weren’t impressive enough, 60 years in the record industry niche known as jazz, where the effects of record industry decline have been felt particularly acutely. It puts Delmark in the company of the greatest labels in jazz history, a place it so deservedly earned. The music contained on this collection celebrating those 60 years, and the vision of Bob Koester, reflect one of the most wide-ranging understandings of this music. If you know Bob Koester, you know that he has a passion for early traditional jazz. That love and dedication to the earliest form of the music hasn?t stopped him from recording the most modern forms as well, one of the trademarks of Delmark?s catalog. Notes by Dan Melnick enclosed.
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.