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Want to keep the summer vibes going? Explore this selection from the Option curatorial team’s playlists at this year’s summer BBQ:

African Music Machine: Black Water Gold (USA/New Orleans)
Sessa - Grandeza (Brazil)
Bonga (Angola)
Burning Spear Ultimate Collection (Jamaica)
Domenico + 2 Sincerely Hot (Brazil)
Sir Joe Quarterman and Free Soul - Rare Tracks (USA/Washington DC)
Sir Shina Peters & His International Stars - Nigeria 70 Lagos Jump
Soul Of Angola
William Oneyeabor - World Psychedelic Classics (Nigeria)
Tom Ze - Studies Of Tom Ze (Brazil)
Thomas Mapfumo - Zimbabwe Mozambique
Paul Matavire and His Jairos Jiri Band - Hot Hits Vol 2 (Zimbabwe)
Cachao - Perlas Cubanas (Cuba)
Booker T & the MGs: Chinese Checkers
Pop Makossa Invasion: Dream Stars
Elis Regina: Menino Das Laranjas
The Meters: Just kissed My Baby
James Eastwood: Darkest Night
Novos Baianos: Tinindo Trincando
Betty Davis: People Say I’m Different
Mulatu Astatke: Asiyo Belllema
Los Corraleros De Majagual: Cumbia Campesina
Little Sister: You’re The One
Jovens Do Prenda: Ilha Virgem
Jorge Ben: Se Segura Malandro
D’Angelo and the Vanguard: 1000 Deaths
Amanaz: I Am Very Far

Members have access to raw full-length OPTION video performances. The most recent shows are listed below.

Access the full archive here.

September 9, 2019: Texas born and New York based drummer Ryan Sawyer brought his versatile talents to the Option series where he presented a set of solo music.

September 2, 2019: Sarah Clausen is one of a new generation of musicians currently making waves in Chicago's fertile creative music scene."

Archive Dive Archive

08/2019: George Lewis, pt. 2

07/2019: George Lewis, pt. 1

06/2019: Studio Henry


05/2019: Happy Arrival Day Sun Ra

04/2019: Sounds from Chicago

02/2019: Don Dietrich

Sunday Session Playlists

Members have access to curated playlists from ESS’s Creative Audio Archive Sunday Sessions. This new program from the Creative Audio Archive at ESS asks guest curators, those with ties to a particular CAA collection, to assemble a playlist around a theme and present it at a live listening event. Between and beside these historic sounds, curators will provide first-hand stories and conversation, offering further insight into important recordings of avant-garde music makers.