Chicago's Avant Today: Delmark 50th Anniversary Collection

Chicago's Avant Today: Delmark 50th Anniversary Collection


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As part of Delmark Records' 50th anniversary celebration, the label has been issuing budget-priced compilations of some of its stellar offerings. Earlier in 2003, there were double CDs of jazz and blues followed by a host of single-disc compilations. This is one of the most satisfying, a single-disc overview of the Windy City's vanguard tradition as it bridges the passing and new centuries. Nothing on this set was recorded before 1993 (Kahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio's "Trane in Mind") and some was recorded as late as 2002 (guitarist Jeff Parker's "Holiday for a Despot"). In between are offerings from leader like Ken Vandermark and his Sound in Action Trio, Ernest Dawkins' New Horizon Ensemble, Malachi Thompson (who began to come into his own in the 1990s), and Rob Mazurek with the Chicago Underground. In addition, many of the leaders here -- such as Mazurek, Parker, and Vandermark -- are part of other ensembles. From the smoking, jump blues and post-bop of "Stranger" by the Dawkins ensemble that clearly echoes the tradition while extending it beyond its imagination to the loping, Latin-tinged exotica of Mazurek's "Ostinato," to the Afro-blues modalism of El'Zabar's "Trane in Mind" and Thompson's "An Elevated Cry," as well as sonic extrapolations aplenty when Vandermark, Parker, and the NRG Ensemble use jazz as a platform for a world of musical ideas, this collection is provocative, riveting, and quite accessible. If you are a looking for a way into the outside in general, or to survey the breadth and depth of Chicago's jazz vanguard, this compilation is for you.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/05/2003
Label: Delmark
UPC: 0038153091125
catalogNumber: 911
Rank: 100026

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billy Harper   Tenor Saxophone
Malachi Thompson   Trumpet
Kahil El'Zabar   Drums
Malachi Favors   Bass
Steve Berry   Trombone
Harrison Bankhead   Bass
Robert Barry   Drums
Ari Brown   Tenor Saxophone
Kirk Brown   Piano
Ernest Dawkins   Tenor Saxophone
Steve Hunt   Drums
Diane Madison   Vocals,Group Member
Rob Mazurek   Cornet
Ameen A.C. Muhammad   Trumpet
Mars Williams   Tenor Saxophone
Avreeayl Ra   Drums
Ken Vandermark   Tenor Saxophone
Brian Sandstrom   Electric Guitar
Kent Kessler   Electric Bass
Tim Mulvenna   Drums
Byron Woods   Vocals,Group Member
Mae Koen   Vocals,Group Member
Sara P. Smith   Trombone
Dana Hall   Drums
Chris Lopes   Bass
Danny Porter   Vocals,Group Member
Vocal Poynt   Group Member

Technical Credits

Malachi Thompson   Composer
Kahil El'Zabar   Composer
Ernest Dawkins   Composer
Robert G. Koester   Producer
Rob Mazurek   Composer
Jeff Parker   Composer
Mars Williams   Composer
Ken Vandermark   Composer
NRG Ensemble   Composer
Lauren Deutsch   Impersonations
Chris Lopes   Composer
Chad Taylor   Composer

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