DeKalb Blues/Tight like This

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John Skillman's Barb City Stompers

DeKalb Blues

Delmark 252

John Skillman (cl) Roy Rubenstein (tb) Larry Rutan (g) Robert Hinzsche (b) Aaron Puckett (d) Diana Skillman (vol track 9). Chicago, 22 October, 2009.

Milneberg Joys/DeKalb Blues/Martha Too/When I Grow Too Old to Dream/Hindustan/Sweet Sue/Lady be Good/I'm Travelin'/Yes Sir! That's My baby/Old Stack O'Lee Blues/I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles/My Old Kentucky Home TT: 60.06

Brad Goode

Tight Like This

Delmark 594

Brad Goode (tp) Adrean Farrugia (p) Kelly Sill (b) Anthony Lee (d). Chicago 7-9 July, 2010.

Tight Like That/Changes/Nightingale/Reaching for the Moon/Reverse the Charges/Summary/Midwestern Autumn/Climbing Out/The River/Bob's Bounce/Softly, As a Morning Sunrise TT: 58:00

John Burnett Orchestra (with Buddy DeFranco)

Down For Double

Delmark 596

John Burnett (leader); Current personnel (2010) is Terry Connell, Mike McGrath, Doug Scharf, Scott Wagstaff (tp) Adam Gross, Russ Phillips, Dana Legg (tb) Bill Walsh (b-tb) Bob Frankich, Justin May (as) Mark Colby, David Kublanl (ts) Bruce Mack (bs) Frank Caruso (p) Paul Martin (b) Bill Bryan (d). Add Buddy DeFranco (cl on track 10, 11, 12). Tracks 1-6; Oakbrook Terrace, IL, February, 2010; tracks 7, 8, 9; Berwyn, IL, 2005; track 10, 11, 12; Chicago, IL, October 2000.

In the Mood/In A Mellow Tone (sic)/Basically Blues/The Heat's On/Down For Double/One O' Clock Jump/Wind Machine/West Side Story/ Cottontail/Sing Sing Sing/Out of Nowhere/The Blues TT 60:00

This batch of Delmark CDs begins with a semi-pro group from DeKalb, IL that specializes in older material and approaches - old tunes and some degree of collective improvisation laden with solos. The band has an interesting selection of instruments (tb, cl, g, b, d) and they play them well and swing a bit more strongly than merely politely - definitely not cranked up to "11", though! They call it "Hot-Trad-Swing"... that soubriquet works for me. The derby-muted trombone and the clarinet make a nice, uniquely solid front line and they are well supported by the rhythm guys on a varied selection of material that goes as far back as Steven Foster. Many old favorites are covered and covered well, not being merely carbon copies (remember those?!) of the original records. Nice and gentle stomping for all - they'd be great to see/hear in person in DeKalb, as they drop their day jobs and have fun - foot-tappin' good. (Diane Skillman's one vocal is an acquired taste, though, one I'll pass on although representative of much '20s unswinging singing - think Lillie Delk Christian.)

Brad Goode's fourth album for Delmark is in quartet format, with a selection of five originals and six unexpected standards. …