One of the many admirable things about the Delmark label is its willingness to champion artists regardless of their resulting record sales. Important, if unsung, musicians like Barrett Deems, Jodie Christian, Malachi Thompson and Ari Brown have made essential entries to their portfolios on this Chicago staple and all have made repeat appearances even if their efforts haven’t translated into financial boons. Lin Halliday is perhaps the archetypal example of the Delmark crew’s unflagging belief and support in the musicians that populate their roster. Personal problems plagued the man on and off the bandstand and in and out of the ...read more
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