Recent Delmark Jazz Releases


On February 18, 1973 Abdullah Ibrahim had a busy day, recording two brilliant albums of solo piano... Ancient Africa features some remarkable music that is reminiscent of (but actually historically precedes) Keith Jarrett's famous solo concerts. There are many exciting moments during these picturesque and lengthy improvisations... Ibrahim combines the sophistication of advanced jazz with the beautiful and often-spiritual melodies of African folk music. "Highly recommended" Scott Yanow, allmusic Contains "Ancient Africa", "The Aloe And The Wild Rose", "Cherry/Bra Joe From Kilimanjaro" and an unissued solo bamboo flute/spoken word piece, "Khotso". Also available: Fats, Duke & The Monk (Sackville 3048)


The Sackville All Star Christmas Record (Sackville 3038) from 1986 was one of the labels best sellers and helped revive a moribund genre. Jim Galloway returns for this second collection of Christmas songs on Sackville. This 1992 quartet session also features pianist Jay McShann. There is a mysterioso version of "Silent Night", imaginative arrangements of hackneyed popular songs ("Rudolph" and "Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"), sensitive ballads ("White Christmas" and "The Christmas Song"), jazz flavored tunes ("Christmas in New Orleans" and "Harlem") and a couple of McShann’s specialties -- a rhythm based romp ("Christmas Candy") and a reworking of traditional blues ideas ("Christmas Baby"). "A fine swing-oriented mainstream set." – allmusic.com


18th & Racine (Delmark 255) was the name of the previous Fat Babies album and it's also the location of Honky Tonk BBQ where they play Sundays and recorded this new album, after-hours. The JazzTimes review of 18th said "The young, Chicago septet is steeped in the music's earliest moments, performing 1920's jazz not only faithfully but perfectly in every way. The interlocking lines, the dazzling piano runs, the cornet blasts and clarinet squiggles and lockstep banjo-it all feels so exciting, so immediate. The Fat Babies are stuck in the past, and hopefully they won't get out." Solid Gassuh features 15 songs including "Doctor Blues", "Alabamy Bound", "Delirium", "Egyptian Ella", "Pencil Papa" and "China Girl".


Shaping their musical heritage together for 15 years, saxophonist Keefe Jackson and vibist Jason Adasiewicz have been vital in defining and refining "The Chicago Sound". Their relationship with Delmark has spanned over a decade; combined they have 20 albums on the label. On Rows And Rows, six of the nine original compositions were composed specifically for the session, while the remaining three are older tunes re-imagined for duo. The atmosphere of a jazz duet can paint one of the most personal and intimate musical conversations. This one brings the listener into their world, creating a social environment that you may want to tap your foot to, or even go a little further.


Recorded live at the Montreal Bistro, Toronto here's the powerful stride pianist Ralph Sutton collaborating with Jim Galloway on soprano sax and Don Vickery on drums from three nights on January 15-17, 1997. While Sutton worked with Jack Teagarden, Bob Scobey and The World's Greatest Jazz Band he was predominantly on his own throughout his long career. Originally from Scotland Galloway emigrated to Canada in the mid-60s, became a fixture on the Toronto jazz scene and appears on many Sackville albums. Ten selections include "Blue Skies", "Baby Won't You Please Come Home", "Poor Butterfly", "If Dreams Come True", "She's Funny That Way" and more.


"The musicianship of Jim Galloway, Ralph Sutton, Milt Hinton and Gus Johnson during these 1988 sessions is a joy throughout ... although they chose tunes affiliated with Armstrong, they avoided many of the obvious choices, and included material from different periods throughout his long career. Galloway, who is mostly heard on soprano sax, shines in less commonly recorded compositions such as 'Song of the Islands' and 'You Rascal You' ... Sutton easily switches between utilizing a very light touch and powering the band with his style of driving stride piano that can be mistaken for no one else's ... Milt Hinton was one of the first call bassists for decades for many reasons, his thoughtful accompaniment always sounded fresh and his solos are a joy. Gus Johnson, a very dependable drummer, provides just the right touch on every track." (4 stars) - Ken Dryden, allmusic


This 1983 recording, originally issued on Sackville LP, features jazz trumpeter Leo Smith with the Bill Smith Ensemble. "The playing by these adventurous musicians is advanced ad quite free on the four group originals, and all five players share equally in the creation of these fresh explorations." -- Scott Yanow, Allmusic. "An inspired Leo Smith is to be heard throughout Rastafari, ruminating about the spaces of the title piece; singing in the shimmering light of Prentice's 'Madder Lake'; exhorting the madness of war in Bill Smith's anti-war statement, 'Rituals'; and bantering throughout 'Little Bits', the saxophonist's portrait of his daughters. In turn. Rastafari is an inspiring album. This should not be surprising, as inspiration is the function of the hero; and Leo Smith is a hero of American music." --Bill Shoemaker from the original LP descriptive notes.


This 1983 recording, originally issued on Sackville LP, features jazz trumpeter Joe McPhee with the Bill Smith Ensemble. " ...a stimulating set of avant-garde music. The interplay between these masterful improvisors on group originals and Albert Ayler's classic 'Ghosts' is consistently impressive and worthy of a close investigation by the more open-eared segment of the jazz audience." -- Scott Yanow, Allmusic "Vistation breathes as if it were music that was recorded yesterday. Joe McPhee and the Bill Smith Ensemble play music that has no history assigned to it that is evident in the listening. It is the underground vein of music that came up to visit its public." (5 stars) --Lyn Horton, Jazz Review.


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.


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