Recent Delmark Jazz Releases


Marty Grosz Meets the Fat Babies
Diga Diga Doo
Delmark DE 256

This CD extols the hot "Chicago Style" jazz of the 20s and 30s. Led by octogenarian, guitarist Marty Grosz, the band features a contingent from The Fat Babies who hold forth at the Green Mill on ChicagoŐs north side and special guest Jim Dapogny. In 1948 Marty Grosz hitchhiked from New York to Chicago in search of "Hot Music". He returned to New York in 1950, made his first records, and then, after a stint in the Army, returned to Chicago where he played for 21 years. A "too-good-to-be-true" offer lured him back to New York, to Carnegie Hall, The White House, and all over the globe. Marty dislikes amplifiers and has remained an acoustic player during which he has amassed a discography thatŐs seventy-seven pages long. 16 songs include Diga Diga Doo, A Jazz Holiday and Strut Miss Lizzie.





Humphrey Lyttelton
In Canada
Sackville SK 3033

Known by friends as Humph, trumpeter Humphrey Lyttleton was an English jazz musician who formed his first band in 1936 at the age of 15. He was inspired by Louis Armstrong who subsequently referred to Lyttleton as "that cat in England who swings his ass off". In the 50s Lyttleton shifted from New Orleans style jazz to swing jazz and recorded with Buck Clayton. He remained active throughout his long life as a musician, record producer, broadcaster and cartoonist. This session was recorded in 1983 and features Humph on trumpet and clarinet with a Canadian band featuring Jim Galloway, soprano & baritone sax, clarinet; Ed Bickert, guitar; Neil Swanson, bass; Terry Clarke, drums.

Lyttelton, Humphrey / In Canada
Jazz-Trad CD Sackville 3033. w/ Jim Galloway, Ed Bickert



Wild Bill Davison
The Jazz Giants
Sackville 3002

Born in Defiance, OH in 1906 Wild Bill Davison is one of jazz's most colorful cornet players of all time. Davison is best known for his association with Eddie Condon lasting from the mid-'40s into the 1960s. Recorded in 1968 this session was the result of a live engagement at Toronto's Colonial Tavern. The players were put together to play one gig billed as The Jazz Giants. The audience response was so tumultuous that return engagements were booked and arrangements were made for this recording. Wild Bill Davison, cornet; Benny Morton, trombone; Herb Hall, clarinet; Claude Hopkins, piano; Arvell Shaw, bass; Buzzy Drootin, drums. Contains a previously unissued piano feature on "Three Little Words" and an alternate take of "Black And Blue".

Jazz-Trad CD Sackville 3002. w/ Benny Morton, Herb Hall, Arvell Shaw





Andy Brown

Delmark DE 5019

Solo jazz guitar is an exacting art, and Chicago guitarist Andy Brown has been pursuing his unique finger-style approach to chord-melody playing since falling under the spell of George Van Eps, Joe Pass, and Kenny Poole a couple of decades ago. Praised by Just Jazz Guitar magazine as "a world-class guitarist who is more than capable of giving a clinic on solo guitar performance," this recording captures Andy's nuanced playing on a beautiful array of standard songs, bossa novas, and jazz tunes. Recorded on a frigid January evening during one of Chicago's worst winters in history, this CD is sure to warm your soul! 14 tracks include "Stompin' At The Savoy", "Drum Boogie" and "Anything Goes". Also available: Howard Alden / Andy Brown Quartet, Heavy Artillery (5008).

ANDY BROWN / Soloist -CD *Delmark 5019
Jazz CD. Delmark 5019.




Anthony Braxton
Trio and Duet

Sackville 3007

No musician in jazz has enjoyed so complex a relationship with the form and its history as saxophonist Anthony Braxton. He has been celebrated and vilified as the music's figure of radical advance (and still is), while regularly asserting his relationship with tradition by exploring repertoire both famous and forgotten. This 1974 session features Leo Smith (trumpet, flugelhorn) and Richard Teitelbaum (Moog synthesizer) on the one trio piece on the album. The remainder of the program is comprised of duets with bassist Dave Holland playing jazz standards including two previously unissued songs, "I Remember You" and "On Green Dolphin Street". (Braxton's 1st album is Delmark 415.)

Jazz CD Sackville 3007.




Junior Mance

Sackville SKCD2 2046

Jazz pianist Junior Mance made his first recording at age 19 in 1947 with Gene Ammons. Two years later he recorded with Lester Young and the following year with Sonny Stitt and Gene Ammons. In '53 Mance was the house pianist at Chicago's Beehive where he accompanied many greats including Charlie Parker and Coleman Hawkins. Mance made his first album as leader in `59 for Verve and hasn't stopped since. He now has over 50 albums as leader, the latest on his own JunGlo label from 2012 when he was 83 years young. Jubilation is from a 1994 solo piano concert in Toronto. 66 minutes includes "Autumn Leaves", "Georgia On My Mind", St. Louis Blues", "Birks Works", "Lover Man" and 10 more.

Jazz CD SAC0002046



George Van Eps
Once In Awhile

Jump 12-6

An amazing and unique jazz guitarist, George Van Eps' made his first recording in 1930. He was busy in the 30s playing with Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller and recording with many including Red Norvo. In 1939 Van Eps switched to a seven-string guitar that he designed. After World War II Van Eps settled in the Los Angeles area busy in the film, radio and recording studios. Once In Awhile contains tracks from Van Eps' 1946-49 recordings for the Jump label. Most are trio sides with Eddie Miller on tenor saxophone and Stanley Wrightsman on piano including the 1946 title track, a song he re-recorded in 1949 with bass and drums being issued for the first time on CD here.

VAN EPS, GEORGE / Once In A While -CD *Jump 12
Jazz CD Jump 12-06





Buddy Tate Quartet
Sackville SK 3027

The great Texas tenor delivers the goods on this 1978 quartet session featuring the same rhythm section of Wray Downes (piano), Dave Young (bass) and Pete Magadini (drums) that played with Don Menza on last month's reissue of Bones Blues (Sackville 4004). Tate's first big break came in 1939 when at the age of 26 he joined the Count Basie band and took a killer solo on "Rock A Bye Basie". After ten years with Basie, Tate led his own band for a twenty-year stint at Harlem's Celebrity Club, toured Europe, made club appearances and numerous recordings. The program includes "If You Could See Me Now", "Someday Sweetheart", "Georgia On My Mind", "June Night", "Alone Together" and more. Re-mixed from the original analog tapes this is the first issue on CD of this album!

TATE, BUDDY / Texas Tenor -CD
Jazz CD Sackville 3027





Evergreen Classic Jazz Band
Early Recordings 1915-1932

Jump 12-37

Formed in Seattle, in 1985, The Evergreen Classic Jazz Band plays lesser-known music of the `20s and `30s. For this album the band goes back even further in the teens, songs just about 100 years old. The ECJB has captured the style and essence of original performances, without rote replication. Reinterpretation of material originally done by larger groups is not easy, but the ECJB gets a big sound through fresh, distinctive voicings from the front line threesome, and tight, clear execution from the rhythm section. Leader Tom Jacobus plays some fine tuba and provides most of the musical arrangements. This 1995 session yielded 17 songs including "Stomp Off, Let's Go", "Apex Blues", "Ring Dem Bells" and "Stock Yards Strut". Contains more than a full hour of foot stomping joy.

Jazz-Trad CD Jump 12-37






Pete Magadini
Bones Blues featuring Don Menza

Sackville CD2-4004

Don Menza is a powerful tenor saxophonist, with a dynamic and distinctive sound and style. Born in Buffalo, NY in 1936, Menza was with Maynard Ferguson's Orchestra (1960-1962) as both a soloist and an arranger. A short tenure with Stan Kenton preceded joining Buddy Rich's 1968 big band in the "jazz tenor" chair, recording the famous solo cadenza on "Channel 1 Suite" (Recorded "live" at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas) that utilized circular breathing and has become known as a classic. He settled in California and has worked with Elvin Jones, Louie Bellson and as a long time member of The Tonight Show Band, with Johnny Carson. On this 1977 session Menza is featured with the Canadian rhythm section of Wray Downes, piano; Dave Young, bass; and Pete Magadini, drums. "Old Devil Moon", "Freddie the Freeloader", "I Remember Clifford", and 5 more.

Magadini, Pete / Bones Blues -CD *Sackville 4004
BLUES CD Sackville 4004




Don Pullen
Richard's Tune

Sackville SKCD2-3008

Jazz pianist Don Pullen was taken away from us way too soon. He passed at age 53 in 1995. He could play anything from blues to straight ahead to the outmost regions of avant garde jazz. This is a re-issue of his 1975 Sackville album originally titled Solo Piano Album. The new title track is a dedication to Muhal Richard Abrams who made his recorded debut on Demark. "Suite (Sweet) Malcolm (Part 1: Memories and Gunshots)" is for Malcolm X. "Big Alice" is a tour de force embedded with all of Pullen's gospel and soul roots. "Song Played backwards" is a song Pullen decided to play in reverse of the note sequence he had composed! Pullen's music is fierce and joyous and alive, and his presence abides in every note here.

Pullen, Don / Richard's Tune -CD *Sackville 3008
BLUES CD Sackville 3008





Doc Cheatham And Jim Galloway
At The Bern Jazz Festival

Sackville SKCD2-3045

Jazz trumpeter Doc Cheatham was born in 1905, moved to Chicago in 1924 and fell in love with traditional jazz after hearing King Oliver. Cheatham played with McKinney's Cotton Pickers, Cab Calloway, Benny Carter, Teddy Wilson and Fletcher Henderson. He passed in `97 at the age of 91. The first six songs here were recorded live at The Bern Jazz Festival, Switzerland on April 30, 1983. The remaining three at Traders Lounge, Toronto 1984 & `85. "Everyone is in fine form on this small group swing CD." **** Scott Yanow, allmusic.




Jim Galloway Meets Bob Barnard
What's New

Jazz cornetist Bob Barnard is one of the most highly regarded jazz musicians ever to come from Australia. Bob and Jim had worked separately with legendary Swiss jazz pianist Henry Chaix and his trio but this was the first time they had all met together on the same stage. Recorded live on October 19, 1997 in Baden, Switzerland this disc contains 10 selections. "Although they mostly perform swing standards, the music is closer to traditional jazz. Listening to this very coherent and swinging music, it is impressive to note that Barnard and Galloway had never played together before." **** Scott Yanow, allmusic.




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




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


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