27 settembre 2017


La scomparsa pochi giorni fa di John Jack rappresenta una dolorosa perdita per il jazz britannico, del quale, a 84 anni, egli era una sorta di leggendaria memoria vivente: ne scrivono con ammirazione e rispetto John Fordham su The Guardian e Trevor Barre al suo blog, mettendo in luce i meriti storici del produttore e del distributore e il suo ruolo nel cuore di una delle più entusiasmanti stagioni del jazz a Londra e dintorni, quella più innovatrice, a cavallo tra gli anni Sessanta e Settanta. Accorato e affettuoso è anche il ricordo di Mike Westbrook su LondonJazz, con il racconto delle origini dell'etichetta Cadillac, fondata insieme nel 1973 prendendo spunto per il nome dal gruppo di Mike di allora, Solid Gold Cadillac: "In 1972 I made a ‘live’ recording with my five-piece band. At that time I had a contract with RCA and, as a follow up to Metropolis, I was due to make another album. I offered RCA the ‘live’ album but they turned it down. John Jack was managing the band at that time, and he and I both felt that this music deserved a wider hearing. We decided to release it ourselves and started a new label. By then the group had evolved into Solid Gold Cadillac. Hence Cadillac was the name we gave the new company. Mike Westbrook–LIVE was the first album to be released on Cadillac Records. Under John Jack’s management Cadillac, alongside Hazel Miller’s Ogun Records, went on to build a catalogue of some of the most important contemporary jazz generated in the UK."

http://www.londonjazznews.com/2017/09/tribute-john-jack-1933-2017-by-mike.html
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/sep/24/john-jack-obituary
http://improvmusic.co.uk/blog/index.php?id=165194102128
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadillac_(record_label)
https://www.discogs.com/label/45652-Cadillac-Records
https://wallofsound.wordpress.com/2007/06/14/interview-with-john-jack-owner-of-cadillac-records-in-london