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For Jumpers Only! [Delmark, 2003]
It's hard not to love Delmark Records, the blues ur-indie founded by retailer Bob Koester in 1953, which never stops expanding a sizable catalog dominated by blues and jazz musicians from sweet home Chicago. Koester encouraged the Art Ensemble nexus and underwrote Junior Wells and Buddy Guy's definitive young Hoodoo Man Blues. He makes a practice of rescuing masters abandoned by less astute or stubborn small businessmen, as on this jump blues collection. Rather than long workouts, these jump blues are three-minute songs designed for jukebox play by names famous, obscure, and inappropriate. Just about every one and will gratify instantly or come too quick depending on your prejudices. [Recyclables]