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Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Look up on the stage. It's SuperMike, who can change the course of mighty rivers, bend steel strings with his bare hands, and who, disguised in Chicago sports caps as mild-mannered average guy, fights a never-ending battle for blues, soul and the true funktified way. In 2012 Delmark released Self Made Man. In his Living Blues magazine review David Whiteis wrote "Wheeler's music virtually explodes with affirmation... Throughout, Wheeler's solos resonate with the joy of exploration and discovery, as well as with emotional power." This new album features 12 new originals including "You Won't Do Right", "Brand New Cadillac" and the burning title track., TURN UP !!
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.
"I've never seen anybody play the blues with more feeling and with more passion than Corey Dennison. " -Tom Marker, Producer and Host of Blues Breakers on WXRT and Blues Time on WDCB There's a manic joy in Corey's playing. He laughs in recognition of an exceptional riff, and shakes his head from side to side to acknowledge he's hit the groove he's looking for. Corey is constantly in motion and attuned to the music and the band members. He's worked hard to bring this all together. Here is the result. Really good music --- honest, fearless, and without restraint. Ain't no "cain't" in Corey. Let's DO this thing! 13 new original songs include "Getcha' Pull!", "Tugboat Blues" and "Room To Breathe".
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.
with CLAUDE HOPKINS, ARVELL SHAW, BUSSY DROOTIN RE-MASTERED FROM ORIGINAL TAPE!
A member of a distinguished New Orleans musical family, Herb Hall was the youngest of five brothers. He grew up somewhat in the shadows of brother Edmund who had become a world-renowned clarinetist. After time in San Antonio and Philadelphia, Hall moved to New York and joined the Eddie Condon band in 1957. He toured France and North America with Sammy Price and generated much excitement on Louisiana Lament, a studio session for Vogue. In '67 Hall shared the stage in Toronto with Don Ewell and a year later with The Jazz Giants (issued as Wild Bill Davison, The Jazz Giants, Sackville 3002). This all-star band returned to Toronto several times and it was on one of these tours that Herb recorded this quartet date on January 10, 1969.
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