Even after being one of the undisputed overlords of Chi-town’s jazz scene for 50 years, Delmark Records still intends to keep it swinging. And that’s just what America’s oldest independent jazz and blues label is doing, releasing four brand spanking new albums on October 21.
As one of Chicago’s pioneers in blending experimental free jazz with traditional approaches, Fred Anderson has been blowing in the Windy City for nearly 40 years with his tenor sax. This fall the player will release the second installment of live performances recorded at his club On the Run: Live at the Velvet Lounge. This album features help from old pals like guitarist Jeff Parker, drummer Chad Taylor, the duel bass assault of Tatsu Aoki and Harrison Bankhead and upstart trumpeter Maurice Brown.
“Freebop” trumpeter Malachi Thompson and his group Africa Brass are set to drop yet another album of big-band brass jams, titled Blue Jazz (the most creative title of the year). In addition to the lineup of four trombones, four trombones and a rhythm section, the album will also include contributions from alto saxophonist Gary Bartz, tenor saxophonist Billy Harper and guest appearances by vocalist Big Doowopper and tenor saxophonist Gene “Daddy G” Barge.
Two discs not enough for you Delmark fanatics? Chicago Underground drummer Chad Taylor gets his sticks up again for his own group, Active Ingredient. The group comprises Taylor with friends from the Brooklyn Jump Arts Collective including altoist Jemeel Moondoc, trombonist Steve Swell (don’t ask him how he is), bassist Tom Abbs (don’t punch him in the stomach). Titration is the quartet’s debut recording.
Bassist Josh Abrams, formerly of Chicago Town and County, and the David Boykin Expanse, has a quartet he’d like you to hear when he releases his new album, Cipher. The album features guitarist Jeff Parker, multireedist Guillermo Gregorio and trumpeter Axel Dorner.
For more information on Delmark Records visit the label’s Web site, www.delmark.com.