×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Delmark Sessions
     

The Delmark Sessions

5.0 1
by Frank Morey
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/22/2002
Label:
Delmark
UPC:
0038153076429
catalogNumber:
764
Rank:
302500

Tracks

Album Credits

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews

The Delmark Sessions 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.