Chicago's Avant Today: Delmark 50th Anniversary Collection

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
As part of Delmark Records' 50th anniversary celebration, the label has been issuing budget-priced compilations of some of its stellar offerings. Earlier in 2003, there were double CDs of jazz and blues followed by a host of single-disc compilations. This is one of the most satisfying, a single-disc overview of the Windy City's vanguard tradition as it bridges the passing and new centuries. Nothing on this set was recorded before 1993 Kahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio's "Trane in Mind" and some was recorded as late as 2002 guitarist Jeff Parker's "Holiday for a Despot". In between are offerings from leader like Ken Vandermark and his Sound in Action Trio, Ernest Dawkins' New ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
As part of Delmark Records' 50th anniversary celebration, the label has been issuing budget-priced compilations of some of its stellar offerings. Earlier in 2003, there were double CDs of jazz and blues followed by a host of single-disc compilations. This is one of the most satisfying, a single-disc overview of the Windy City's vanguard tradition as it bridges the passing and new centuries. Nothing on this set was recorded before 1993 Kahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio's "Trane in Mind" and some was recorded as late as 2002 guitarist Jeff Parker's "Holiday for a Despot". In between are offerings from leader like Ken Vandermark and his Sound in Action Trio, Ernest Dawkins' New Horizon Ensemble, Malachi Thompson who began to come into his own in the 1990s, and Rob Mazurek with the Chicago Underground. In addition, many of the leaders here -- such as Mazurek, Parker, and Vandermark -- are part of other ensembles. From the smoking, jump blues and post-bop of "Stranger" by the Dawkins ensemble that clearly echoes the tradition while extending it beyond its imagination to the loping, Latin-tinged exotica of Mazurek's "Ostinato," to the Afro-blues modalism of El'Zabar's "Trane in Mind" and Thompson's "An Elevated Cry," as well as sonic extrapolations aplenty when Vandermark, Parker, and the NRG Ensemble use jazz as a platform for a world of musical ideas, this collection is provocative, riveting, and quite accessible. If you are a looking for a way into the outside in general, or to survey the breadth and depth of Chicago's jazz vanguard, this compilation is for you.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/5/2003
  • Label: Delmark
  • UPC: 038153091125
  • Catalog Number: 911
  • Sales rank: 249,984

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stranger - Ernest Dawkins' New Horizons Ensemble (7:48)
  2. 2 Hyperspace - NRG Ensemble (6:24)
  3. 3 Ostinato - Chicago Underground (8:10)
  4. 4 Trane in Mind - Kahil El'Zabar (8:02)
  5. 5 An Elevated Cry - Malachi Thompson (8:09)
  6. 6 Holiday for a Despot - Jeff Parker (4:57)
  7. 7 Top Shelf - Sound in Action Trio (5:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billy Harper Tenor Saxophone
Malachi Thompson Trumpet
Kahil El'Zabar Drums
Malachi Favors Bass
Steve Berry Trombone
Harrison Bankhead Bass
Robert Barry Drums
Ari Brown Tenor Saxophone
Kirk Brown Piano
Ernest Dawkins Tenor Saxophone
Steve Hunt Drums
Diane Madison Vocals, Group Member
Rob Mazurek Cornet
Ameen A.C. Muhammad Trumpet
Mars Williams Tenor Saxophone
Avreeayl Ra Drums
Ken Vandermark Tenor Saxophone
Brian Sandstrom Electric Guitar
Kent Kessler Electric Bass
Tim Mulvenna Drums
Byron Woods Vocals, Group Member
Mae Koen Vocals, Group Member
Sara P. Smith Trombone
Dana Hall Drums
Chris Lopes Bass
Danny Porter Vocals, Group Member
Vocal Poynt Group Member
Technical Credits
Jeff Lynne Composer
Malachi Thompson Composer
Kahil El'Zabar Composer
Ernest Dawkins Composer
Robert G. Koester Producer
Rob Mazurek Composer
Jeff Parker Composer
Mars Williams Composer
Ken Vandermark Composer
NRG Ensemble Composer
Lauren Deutsch Impersonations
Chris Lopes Composer
Chad Taylor Composer
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