Delmark 40th Anniversary Jazz

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/1993
  • Label: Delmark
  • UPC: 038153000127
  • Catalog Number: 1

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 All the Gin Is Gone (4:52)
  2. 2 Drowning in My Own Tears (6:58)
  3. 3 What Are Yo Doing the Rest of Your Life - Eric Alexander (8:30)
  4. 4 Little Fox Run - Joseph Jarman (7:03)
  5. 5 Bemsha Swing - Jim Cooper (3:25)
  6. 6 Baby Doll - John Young (3:19)
  7. 7 Wilbur's Tune (6:07)
  8. 8 Ornette (5:27)
  9. 9 Faith (4:32)
  10. 10 Sweet Lorraine (5:28)
  11. 11 My Foolish Heart (7:50)
  12. 12 Jeanie - Mike Smith (3:43)
  13. 13 Trickle Down Economics (5:07)
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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 Jr. 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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