Album: Various artists, Chicago Soul (Soul Jazz Records)

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Continuing Soul Jazz's repointing of music history, here's its take on the curious hive that was Chess Records in the 1960s – not the showstopping blues hub of the previous decade but a home to the diversifying yet soulful African-Americanisms of Rotary Connection, Laura Lee, Fontella Bass, Ramsey Lewis and Dorothy Ashby, as well as the more psychedelic efforts of Buddy Guy, Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters.

You get 20 tracks plus much well-informed thoughtfulness for your money.