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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Bob Koester's Chicago-based Delmark Records hasn't always reflected his personal tastes, but it has always reflected his philosophy. From the 1950s to the 2000s, Koester has generally believed in supporting indie jazz and indie blues -- in other words, the sort of jazz and blues artists who major labels tend to neglect. Although Koester never really cared for avant-garde jazz -- his personal preferences are blues and very straight-ahead bop, swing, and Dixieland -- he's been great about documenting Chicago's AACM artists because he sees them as part of the indie music culture. The Delmark Sessions isn't a typical Delmark release; Frank Morey isn't jazz, and he isn't a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Bob Koester's Chicago-based Delmark Records hasn't always reflected his personal tastes, but it has always reflected his philosophy. From the 1950s to the 2000s, Koester has generally believed in supporting indie jazz and indie blues -- in other words, the sort of jazz and blues artists who major labels tend to neglect. Although Koester never really cared for avant-garde jazz -- his personal preferences are blues and very straight-ahead bop, swing, and Dixieland -- he's been great about documenting Chicago's AACM artists because he sees them as part of the indie music culture. The Delmark Sessions isn't a typical Delmark release; Frank Morey isn't jazz, and he isn't a blues artist per se although he does provide the occasional blues-rock gem. Rather, the guitar-playing singer/songwriter favors a very bluesy, gritty approach to folk-rock and roots rock -- The Delmark Sessions is the sort of CD that would be more typical of Rounder or Flying Fish than Delmark. And yet, it is faithful to Delmark's history in that it is great indie roots music. Morey has a throaty, hoarse, rough-edged vocal style that recalls early Tom Waits and also underscores his appreciation of Chicago blues icon Howlin' Wolf -- The Delmark Sessions isn't dominated by the sort of 12-bar offerings that one finds on Wolf's CDs, but Morey is obviously well aware of Wolf's vocal style. He also has a healthy appreciation of early rock & roll -- and of course, rock & roll is a term that one will seldom hear in connection with a Delmark release. But again, Morey has such a rootsy, bluesy, rugged spirit that he does, in fact, belong on Delmark. If The Delmark Sessions is a rare example of Koester's label putting out a rock-friendly disc, it is a highly rewarding example.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/22/2002
  • Label: Delmark
  • UPC: 038153076429
  • Catalog Number: 764
  • Sales rank: 293,023

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frank Morey Primary Artist, Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Scott Pittman Trap Kit
Rick "Cookin'" Sherry Clarinet, Harmonica
Technical Credits
Stephen Sondheim Composer
Joan Armatrading Composer
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Paul Barrére Composer
Geezer Butler Composer
Ronnie James Dio Composer
Tony Iommi Composer
Paul Kennerley Composer
Martin Kibbee Composer
Robert G. Koester Producer
Bill Payne Composer
Bill Ward Composer
Scott Pittman Producer
Frank Morey Producer
Steve Wagner Producer, Engineer
Bob Reuter Cover Photo
Dave Palmater Liner Notes
Scott Pittman Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Frank Morey: Singer Songwriter Poet

    The stories Frank sings and the music he plays brings you back to a time where lyrics were important, instruments were played with passion and the songs they created were a lot more meaningful than any video could ever express. Listen to this CD and you'll feel like you're in the bar with the band as the songs take you right to the root of music. A harp is blown, guitar is strummed and the Trap Kit drummed as the stand up bass is slapped. Frank's vocals are the whiskey soaked, chained smoked variety that sounds like Tom Waits and Ray Charles gave birth to boy in Lowell Mass. The longer you listen to this CD, the more you'll be drawn into the passion of the poet.

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