|26 July 2009
Delmark Releases New Albums, Re-issues
September 22nd will see the release of new Delmark albums by Quintus
McCormick and Zora Young (above). Re-issues by James Wheeler and
Professor Eddie Lusk are put out as well.
Quintus McCormick: Hey Jodie!
Quintus McCormick has toured the world with some of the most important blues
artists including James Cotton, Otis Clay, A.C. Reed, and Lefty Dizz. Working as a
sideman, Quintus’ reputation as a brilliant guitarist, gifted songwriter and
astonishing vocalist spread like wildfire.
Born and raised in Detroit, Quintus moved to Chicago where Buddy Guy and
James Cotton encouraged Quintus to form his own band. In 1994 The Quintus
McCormick Band was formed. Quintus has been a mainstay of the Chicago blues
scene, appearing frequently in the city’s world-renown nightclubs and at
countless festivals and concerts. Hey Jodie! is Quintus' first Delmark CD and
features 14 new compositions of original, heartfelt blues, r&b and soul.
Zora Young: The French Connection
The love affair between Europe and the blues began in the early 50s with the
arrival of Big Bill Broonzy who performed in Limoges, France (where most of the
musicians on this album come from and where it was recorded). Zora first
performed in Europe in 1981 and has followed with more than 20 tours in France
making her the Chicago blueswoman record-holder!
Inspired by Zora's and Bobby Dirninger's recording of "Two Trains Running" on
her previous Delmark album (Tore Up From the Floor Up), producer Chris
Dussuchaud suggested a half electric - half acoustic album. The French
Connection is the result of Zora's awesome renditions of not only Chicago blues,
but also gospel, jazz, deep Mississippi blues and country music... à sa manière, in
her own, very special way.
James Wheeler: Ready! (1997)
This recording, re-issued on July 21st, was James Wheeler's debut as leader.
James had played guitar in the bands of Otis Rush (for seven years), B.B. King, O.
V. Wright, Billy Boy Arnold, Otis Clay, Mississippi Heat and Willie Kent.
The album features Billy Flynn, guitar; Ken Saydak, piano; Bob Stroger, bass;
Vern Rodgers, drums; Golden "Big" Wheeler, harmonica (on two songs); and
guest vocalist Gloria Thompson-Rodgers. Included are eleven original
compositions and covers of "I'm Just Your Fool" and "Good Morning Little
Professor's Blues Revue featuring Karen Carroll: Professor Strut (1989)
One of the city's busiest blues session players in the '80s and early '90s,
Professor Eddie Lusk mastered the keyboards while still in his teens at his
father's south side church. That enduring spiritual base remained at the heart of
the Professor's blues until his tragic 1992 passing at the age of 43.
While he played with numerous blues and soul greats (Junior Wells, Z.Z. Hill,
Luther Allison, Koko Taylor, Syl Johnson, The Soul Stirrers and many more), and is
heard on many recordings, Professor Strut was his only American release under
his own leadership. Rolling Stone magazine once said Professor "makes us see,
even feel, the passion, joy and intensity of the blues. It is these uninhibited
images that the unique vitality of the Chicago blues world shines through". Guest
vocalist Karen Carroll brings a moving uptown flavor to Professor Strut.
Professor Strut will be out on August 18th.
Link: Delmark Records
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