New Delmark Jazz Releases: March 2012Jeff Parker
Bright Light In Winter
Delmark DE 2015
BRIGHT LIGHT IN WINTER is the long-awaited third album by Chicago guitarist Jeff Parker. With his associates Chris Lopes (bass) and Chad Taylor (drums), this trio continues their examination of our post-modern musical universe via tuneful compositions by all three members, and an elastic, dynamic approach to improvisation and group interplayrooted in our familiar musical traditions, but also searching for the new ones. Recorded and mixed by Bundy K. Brown. Also available: Jeff Parker, Like-Coping (Delmark 543) with Chris Lopes and Chad Taylor. Jeff Parker is arguably the most exciting and thoughtful jazz guitarist of the past two decades, a masterful free improviser who's also fluent in everything from post-bop to postrock."Chicago Reader.Jim Holman
featuring Richie Cole
& Frank Catalano
Delmark DE 2014
Jazz pianist Jim Holman explodes on this straight ahead blowing date, his debut as leader. As a native of Chicago, Jim Holman has been performing in the city's finest jazz clubs since he was sixteen. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh's jazz studies program under the tutelage of Jazz Messenger alums Nathan Davis and Leon Dorsey. Jim has performed in Chicago and Pittsburgh with outstanding jazz icons such as Mark Whitfield, Claudio Roditi, Donald Harrison, Antonio Hart, Jimmy Owens, Cecil Bridgewater and John Moulder. Jim has also performed and recorded with Ira Sullivan. Explosion! was recorded at two separate quartet sessions also featuring Rick Shandling, Rusty Jones and Brian Sandstrom.New Delmark Blues Releases: March 2012Eddie C. Campbell
Spider Eating Preacher
Delmark DE 819
Spider Eating Preacher is the new album by Chicago blues legend Eddie C. Campbell and it's a family affair. Eddie & Barbara's musical partnership is in full blossom as Barbara plays bass on six songs. Barbara learned the authentic Chicago blues bass bump" from Eddie! Spider Eating Preacher features 12 new original compositions, including the title track, a song about Barbara's blindness. Their son, David, plays violin on two songs. Eddie is Lurrie Bell's godfather. This is the first time they've recorded together since the teenaged Lurrie played bass on the title track on Eddie's classic 1977 album King of the Jungle. Eddie and Lurrie both play guitar & harp here. Spider Eating Preacher is Eddie's follow-up to Tear This World Up (Delmark 799) which was a finalist for Album of the Year in the 2010 Blues Music Awards.Studebaker John
Old School Rockin'
Delmark DE 818
Studebaker John has always had one foot in the blues and one foot in rock & roll, but always liked the RAW less-is-more sound, that he first heard on Chicago's Maxwell St. Artists that recorded blues and R&B songs like Elvis, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Jimmy Reed, Freddy King, Slim Harpo all had hit records played on the AM radio Top 100. Then Bob Dylan shook things up with his going electric at the Newport Folk Festival (using the Butterfield Blues Band as his back up). Then came the English bands and some of them were very good, still a RAW sound, even louder and faster than before. But enough of history. This album is one for the people,14 all new original songs called Old School Rockin.' Also available: Studebaker John, Maxwell Street Kings (Delmark 810).