Soul Jazz Records Presents: Chicago Soul - Various Artists on Import 2LP
Electric Blues, Funk & Soul: The New Sound of Chicago in the 1960s!
Soul Jazz Records Chicago Soul compilation features classic and rare electric blues, funk and psychedelic soul music recorded in Chicago in the 1960s. Chess Records, the infamous soul, blues and jazz powerhouse record company in Chicago was, in the 1960s, one of the main rivals to Motown in neighboring Detroit and Atlantic Records in New York in its relentless charting of black music in the US. Owned by Leonard and Phil Chess, two Polish immigrants, the label brought Chicago's urban black music to the masses on a huge scale.
Later Leonard's son Marshall took the label in new directions, first by courting rock artists such as the Rolling Stones to record at the studios and then in the late 60s releasing genre defying radical psychedelic and experimental rock and funk releases by blues legends Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and the progressive Rotary Connection, featuring a young vocalist Minnie Riperton, originally a secretary at the company. After the closing of Chess in the 1970s, Marshall went on to launch Rolling Stones Records with the legendary group.
Chicago Soul showcases a stunning selection of the radical funk, psychedelic soul, rock and jazz tracks recorded for Chess mostly under the production of the genius composer arranger Charles Stepney or Richard Evans and the direction of Marshall Chess. Stepney would later become partners with Maurice White producing seminal Earth, Wind and Fire albums in the 1970s. White was both founder of E, W and F and part of the regular in-house players at Chess in the 1960s (as a drummer).
Other regulars included the crack team of Pete Cosey (who later played with Miles Davis), Louis Saterrsfield (another future E,W and F member) and Phil Upchurch. Chess's position on the south side of Chicago led to many musical connections with the jazz scene of the AACM, a link that continued even though the music released on the label was solidly dance-led throughout.
Chess Records launched urban blues in south-side Chicago, then brought it to the American masses and then in the 1960s recorded and released a stunning array of black styles, music that was both progressive and yet rich in the cities black urban musical legacy, as they created hits on an almost daily basis.