It Ain't Over: Delmark Celebrates 55 Years of Blues

It Ain't Over: Delmark Celebrates 55 Years of Blues

     
 

Jazz enthusiasts frequently refer to Bob Koester's Delmark Records as a "Chicago jazz label," but it is better to describe Delmark as a "jazz/blues label" because the blues have also been a big chunk of Delmark's business. Indeed, the impressive list of blues greats who have recorded for Delmark over the years includes, among many others, See more details below

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Jazz enthusiasts frequently refer to Bob Koester's Delmark Records as a "Chicago jazz label," but it is better to describe Delmark as a "jazz/blues label" because the blues have also been a big chunk of Delmark's business. Indeed, the impressive list of blues greats who have recorded for Delmark over the years includes, among many others, Sleepy John Estes, Magic Sam, Jimmy Dawkins, Big Joe Williams, J.B. Hutto, Junior Wells, and Roosevelt Sykes. Most of those artists had long since passed away when, on March 7, 2008, Delmark celebrated its contributions to the blues with an event/concert at Buddy Guy's Legends (one of Chicago's top blues clubs). But as It Ain't Over: Delmark Celebrates 55 Years of Blues demonstrates, the company continued to have a healthy blues roster in the late 2000s. That event/concert of March 7, 2008 (which Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley officially declared "Delmark Records Day in Chicago") is documented on It Ain't Over, which Delmark released in both CD and DVD versions; the DVD contains some performances that aren't on the 63-minute CD. Much of Delmark's late-2000s roster was present at the Legends event, and a mood of enthusiasm and excitement prevails on performances by Lurrie Bell ("Don't You Lie to Me"), Zora Young ("Til the Fat Lady Sings"), Jimmy Johnson ("Cold, Cold Feeling," "You Don't Know What Love Is"), Shirley Johnson ("As the Years Go Passing By"), and others. It isn't hard to understand why there was so much enthusiasm on Legends' stage that night; Delmark has a fine reputation in Chicago's blues community, and the fact that Koester's company had lasted 55 years was indeed cause for celebration. It Ain't Over is a rewarding document of Delmark's 55th anniversary event.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/05/2009
Label:
Delmark
UPC:
0038153080020
catalogNumber:
800
Rank:
197009

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billy Branch   Harmonica
Eddie Shaw   Saxophone,Vocals
Dave Specter   Guitar
Lurrie Bell   Guitar,Vocals
Zora Young   Vocals
Marty Binder   Drums
Jimmy Johnson   Guitar,Vocals
Shirley Johnson   Vocals
Aaron Moore   Piano,Vocals
Roosevelt Purifoy   Keyboards
Little Arthur Duncan   Harmonica,Vocals
Kenny Smith   Drums
Big D   Harmonica
Brother John Kattke   Keyboards
Tail Dragger   Vocals

Technical Credits

Paul Gayten   Composer
Jimmy Reed   Composer
Fenton Robinson   Composer
Church   Composer
Zora Young   Composer
Robert G. Koester   Audio Production
Don Robey   Composer
Hudson Whittaker   Composer
Aaron Moore   Composer
Jessie Mae Robinson   Composer
Steve Wagner   Audio Production
Williams   Composer
James Y. Jones   Composer
Certer   Composer
E. Abner   Composer

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