Recent Delmark Jazz Releases



Jason Roebke Octet

Delmark DE 5014

Composer and double bassist Jason Roebke is the backbone of many of Chicago's forward-looking jazz groups. Now he brings an octet of Chicago's finest improvisers on the new recording, High/Red/Center. The program of eleven new compositions is deeply rooted in rich Ellingtonian harmony while re-imagining the approach with exciting individual interplay between the soloists and ensemble. The gorgeous ballads and fiery free jazz compliment each other and consistently surprise. The recording features an all-star ensemble of brilliant Delmark stalwarts, Jason Adasiewicz, Josh Berman, Jeb Bishop, Keefe Jackson, Jason Stein, Mike Reed, and Greg Ward.

Jazz CD DELMARK5014 *R



The Fat Babies
18th & Racine

Delmark DE 255

Chicago Hot (Delmark 253), the first Delmark release from the Fat Babies, was chosen as a top ten album of 2012 by Howard Reich in the Chicago Tribune. 18th & Racine was recorded at the acoustically gifted Electrical Audio room B as the band swung through a smattering of hot `n' sweet tunes that have been slaying crowds weekly at their Green Mill and Honky Tonk BBQ performances. The Fat Babies interpret classic styles of the `20s and `30s. Founded in 2010 by string bass player Beau Sample, its members include Andy Schumm, cornet; John Otto, reeds; Dave Bock, trombone; Jake Sanders, banjo and guitar; Paul Asaro, piano; Alex Hall, drums. "The Stampede", "King Kong Stomp", "Liza", "Mable's Dream", "The Chant" and ten more.



FAT BABIES / 18th & Racine -CD *Delmark DE
Jazz-Trad CD Delmark DE 255 *F






Fareed Haque
Trance Hypothesis

Delmark 5012

A powerful blend of groove jazz, world music, electronica and Punjabi folk, Trance Hypothesis is Fareed Haque's debut as a leader for Delmark. Driven by Haque's incisive and funky bebop guitar playing the album also features a diverse cast of world musicians including Essam Rafea, oud; Indrajit Banerjee, sitar; Matthew Tembo, kalimba; young tabla virtuoso Shiva Ghoshal and jazz musicians Tony Monaco, Hammond B3 organ and Willerm Delisfort, piano. Haque originals include "Hymn of The Ancient One", "Poonjob in The Punjab", "Chitlins & Chutney" and more. Also available: Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, Hot `N' Heavy (574, DVD 1574) with Fareed Haque and Edward Petersen, Upward Spiral (445) with Fareed Haque.


Kahil El'Zabar
Follow The Sun

Delmark DE 5013

Drummer, percussionist, composer, bandleader, music director and interdisciplinary arts activist Kahil El'Zabar will be turning 60 years the week of the release of Follow The Sun, his 60th album! Featured is Los Angeles-based vocalist Dwight Trible who combines vocal virtuosity with musicianship and improvisational skills to the delight of audiences and musicians alike. In addition to his own group Dwight has also worked with Pharoah Sanders, Horace Tapscott, Charles Lloyd, Kenny Burrell, Kenny Garrett, Della Reese and many others. And there's a sub-plot to the story - Ari Brown performs with his mentor Duke Payne, best known as one of the two sax players with Odell Brown and the Organ-Izers who made 4 LPs for Cadet between 1966 and - '68. Duke is also one of the few jazz bagpipes players.

KAHIL EL'ZABAR / Follow The Sun -CD *Delmark 5013
Jazz CD Delmark 5013 *K






Delmark 60th Anniversary: Jazz   
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.

V / A / 60 Years of Jazz -CD *Delmark - 916
Jazz CD Delmark - 916 *V





Ari Brown   Groove Awakening    
Delmark DE 5011

Chicago is known as a jazz city that carries on the tough tenor tradition. The blues feeling was always an important element for the great tenor sax players like Gene Ammons, Von Freeman, Eddie Johnson, Red Holloway and now that they are all gone it's Ari Brown that is the leading torch bearer. The album contains three dedications: "One For Ken" is for Chicago jazz pianist Ken Chaney who passed recently, "Give Thanks (Song For Gerri)" is for Ari's mother-in-law, who made her transition after the main recording for this album was complete and "Freebop For Mal" is dedicated to the late Delmark artist Malachi Thompson. On this, his fourth Delmark album, Ari is accompanied by brother Kirk Brown, piano; Yosef Ben Israel, bass; Avreeayl Ra, drums; and Dr. Cuz, percussion. Also available; Ultimate Frontier (486); Venus (504) and Live at the Green Mill (577, DVD 1577).

BROWN, ARI / Groove Awakening -CD *Delmark 5011
Jazz CD Delmark 5011 *B






Zoot Sims

Jump 12-36

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.


Sims, Zoot / Compatability -CD *Jump 12
Jazz CD Jump 12-36. 1955 session



Back to News and New Releases.

Home to the Delmark Home Page