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Sharon Lewis unleashes another extraordinary Delmark album; Grown Ass Woman features 12 new original songs with special guest appearances by Sugar Blue and Joanna Connor. In a review of her first Delmark album Rosalind Cummings-Yeates said "The Real Deal (Delmark 816) qualifies as one of the best blues albums of the year" -- Illinois Entertainer, December 2011 The new album kicks off with "Can't Do It Like We Do" a tribute to the current Chicago Blues sound and scene. "Hell Yeah!" is a total party jam, there’s plenty of soul like "They're Lying" and "Call Home", and "Freedom" is a timely song which points out that "freedom cannot be freedom until freedom means freedom for everyone!"
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
The Heat is turned up again for another chapter in the 25-year history of Pierre Lacocque's Mississippi Heat. The Living Blues review of their previous album said "Warning Shot (Delmark 839) showcases bandleader and principal songwriter Lacocque's eloquent harp playing, supported by a cast of heavy hitters that delivers the trademark big band sound...one of the hottest, tightest bands in Chicago today, and the original songs on this album are pure fun and are worthy additions to the great history of Chicago blues." Cab Driving Man features 15 new songs with Inetta Visor and Michael Dotson as lead vocalists again. The songs are a wonderful blend of Mississippi, Chicago, boogie, swing and south of the border.
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.
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