Jazz Record Mart, Chicago.
Superb collection of jazz and blues on vinyl and compact disc. While Chicago is not home to what is possibly the largest storehouse of music and recordings under one roof [that honor goes to Amoeba Records, with outposts in California], nestled within its downtown office / residential district is this gem of a music store.
Its focus on jazz and blues seems perfectly in keeping with its origins, having been established by the owner of Chicago’s Delmark Records label. In this era of dubious music downloads and mysteriously vanishing purchased content, why not make a pilgrimage to the JRM? After all, there’s a lot more to music than 192Kbps MP3 files and shrinking cover art – spin some vinyl, sit back and rediscover the joys of recorded music as it was meant to be heard.