Delmark 40th Anniversary Jazz

Delmark 40th Anniversary Jazz

     
 
Every decade, countless indie labels come and go. Some beat the odds and prosper; others, for all their good intentions, end up filing for bankruptcy. Thankfully, Delmark has been among the survivors. The Chicago-based jazz and blues indie (originally based in St. Louis) was founded by Bob Koester in 1953 and was still going strong when the 21st century arrived. In

Overview

Every decade, countless indie labels come and go. Some beat the odds and prosper; others, for all their good intentions, end up filing for bankruptcy. Thankfully, Delmark has been among the survivors. The Chicago-based jazz and blues indie (originally based in St. Louis) was founded by Bob Koester in 1953 and was still going strong when the 21st century arrived. In 1993, Delmark celebrated its 40th anniversary with jazz and blues compilations. Delmark 40th Anniversary: Jazz paints an attractive, if unbalanced, picture of the label's contributions to jazz. The problem with this compilation, which spans 1959-1992, is that it tends to be mildly bop-centric. That wouldn't be a problem if bop was the only type of jazz that Delmark recorded, but the company's contributions to avant-garde jazz, swing, classic jazz, and Dixieland are equally impressive. While this CD does contain some rewarding examples of swing (Art Hodes and Barney Bigard's 1968 performance of "Sweet Lorraine") and avant-garde AACM experimentation (Roscoe Mitchell's "Ornette" and Joseph Jarman's "Little Fox Run"), about 75 percent of the compilation is devoted to hard bop. Delmark 40th Anniversary: Jazz reflects the company's diversity, but not as well as it could have. That isn't to say that the bop selections are anything to be ashamed of; inspired performances by Ira Sullivan ("Wilbur's Tune"), Jimmy Forrest ("All the Gin Is Gone"), and tenor saxman Lin Halliday ("My Foolish Heart") demonstrate that Koester has excellent taste in the bop department. But again, Delmark isn't just a bop label -- it was one of the first labels to document Chicago's avant-garde AACM, and plenty of worthwhile Dixieland, classic jazz, and swing recordings can be found in Delmark's catalog. There are no dull moments on this CD; every track is respectable -- but even so, the compilation sells Delmark short by over-emphasizing bop.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/1993
Label:
Delmark
UPC:
0038153000127
catalogNumber:
1

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Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sleepy John Estes   Track Performer
Curtis Jones   Track Performer
Dave Specter   Track Performer
Roosevelt Sykes   Track Performer
Junior Wells   Track Performer
Big Joe Williams   Track Performer
Lester Bowie   Trumpet
Jodie Christian   Piano,Track Performer
Jim Cooper   Vibes,Track Performer
Jimmy Forrest   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Grant Green   Guitar
Johnny Griffin   Tenor Saxophone
Lin Halliday   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Art Hodes   Piano,Track Performer
Joseph Jarman   Track Performer
Elvin Jones   Drums
Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre   Tenor Saxophone
Roscoe Mitchell   Alto Saxophone,Track Performer
Mike Smith   Alto Saxophone
Speckled Red   Track Performer
Ira Sullivan   Trumpet,Track Performer
Malachi Thompson   Trumpet,Track Performer
John Young   Piano,Track Performer
Fred Anderson   Tenor Saxophone
Big Time Sarah   Track Performer
Edith Wilson   Track Performer
Carter Jefferson   Tenor Saxophone
William Parker   Bass
Willie Kent   Track Performer
Robert Lockwood   Track Performer
Malachi Favors   Bass
Steve McCall   Drums
Jesse Fortune   Track Performer
Nasar Abadey   Drums
Eric Alexander   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Harrison Bankhead   Bass
Thurman Barker   Drums
Barney Bigard   Clarinet,Track Performer
Charles Braugham   Drums
Billy Brimfield   Trumpet
Kirk Brown   Piano
Dennis Carroll   Bass
Charles Clark   Bass
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Track Performer
Dan DeLorenzo   Bass
Alvin Fielder   Drums
George Fludas   Drums
Joe Ford   Alto Saxophone
Ron Friedman   Flugelhorn
Christopher Gaddy   Marimbas
J.B. Hutto   Track Performer
Lester Lashley   Cello
Harold Mabern   Piano
Magic Sam   Track Performer
Zane Massey   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Yank Rachell   Track Performer
Gene Ramsey   Bass
Jimmie Lee Robinson   Track Performer
Otis Rush   Track Performer
Bob Rummage   Drums
Victor Sproles   Bass
Phil Thomas   Drums
John Webber   Bass
John Whitfield   Bass
Rail Wilson   Bass
Barkin' Bill   Track Performer
Sadiq M. Abdu Shahid   Drums
Jimmy Ryan   Piano

Technical Credits

Robert G. Koester   Producer
Ned Washington   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Neil Tesser   Liner Notes
Steve Wagner   Producer

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