Recent Delmark Jazz Releases



Josh Berman
A Dance And A Hop

Delmark DE 5021

As this new album A Dance and a Hop makes clear, jazz cornetist Josh Berman's music has grown by leaps and bounds (or hops). It's only his third as leader—the first two, also on Delmark, were Old Idea (2009) and There Now (2012). Berman is accompanied by labelmates Jason Roebke, bass and Frank Rosaly, drums. Berman points out that the eleven original tunes "are directly related to content that I play on cornet; I rarely write without it. I think these trio pieces aren't from different planets when compared to music of Old Idea or There Now. The main difference here might be an interest in concision. I am very interested in the way Jason plays the bass and Frank plays the drums, and how the tunes live without space being filled by reeds, vibraphone, other voices. I think I wanted to hear what 'my idea' sounds like without everything else."

Jazz CD Delmark 5021





Dave McDonnell Group
The Time Inside A Year
Delmark DE 5020

One of Dave McDonnell's biggest takeaways from putting time in with dozens of outfits is a desire for his own music to be immediate and reactive, mindful of pulse and the body's innate rhythm but also cerebral. A groove-oriented framework functions as rhythmic scaffolding for his complex harmonic motifs: witness the stacked polyrhythms on the hard-driving "Bullitt" and lithe "Vox Orion," or the lively Latin feel of "Nodes of the Moon." "Brandywine" is hook-laden and swings hard, similar to the bookends of "Bakers Man," the bulk of which is dominated by explosive free-improv fireworks. Dave McDonnell, alto sax; Chris Welcome, guitar; Joshua Abrams, bass; Frank Rosaly, drums; with guests Jason Adasiewicz, Tomeka Reid and Nate Lepine.

MCDONNELL, DAVE / The Time Inside A Year -CD *Delmark 5020
Jazz CD Delmark 5020 *M





Don Menza / Pete Magadini Quartet
Live at Claudios
Sackville SK 3052

This 1991 live album is a reunion of the same group that recorded Bones Blues (Sackville SK 4004) in 1977, still rated as a milestone in these musicians’ artistry. Don Menza is a powerful tenor saxophonist, with a dynamic and distinctive sound and style. Menza joined Buddy Rich’s 1968 big band in the “jazz tenor” chair, recording the famous solo cadenza on "Channel 1 Suite" that utilized circular breathing and has become known as a classic. He settled in California and worked with Elvin Jones, Louie Bellson and as a member of The Tonight Show Band, with Johnny Carson. With Wray Downes, piano, Dave Young, bass and Pete Magadini, drums. CD contains "Confirmation", "These Foolish Things", "I Mean You", "On A Misty Night" and three originals.






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 Chicago’s 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 that’s seventy-seven pages long. 16 songs include Diga Diga Doo, A Jazz Holiday and Strut Miss Lizzie.







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



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