01 maggio 2018

Due buone notizie in una: la gloriosa etichetta Cadillac Records riprende le pubblicazioni - grazie all'impegno di Mike Gavin, ora che John Jack non è più qui - e la prima di queste è un concerto inedito della Mike Westbrook Concert BandThe Last Night At The Old Place. Era il 25 maggio del 1968 a Londra, era il compleanno di John e questo era l'ultimo evento in calendario nella vecchia sede del Ronnie Scott’s in Gerrard Street, riaperta nemmeno due anni prima. Sul palco assieme a Mike c'era il fior fiore: Dave Holdsworth, Malcolm Griffiths, Paul Rutherford, Mike Osborne, Bernie Living, George Khan, John Surman, Harry Miller e Alan Jackson. Per onorare il cinquantesimo anniversario, e per amor di cifra tonda, l'album esce ufficialmente questo mese proprio il 25.

Founded in 1973 by John Jack and Mike Westbrook as a means of releasing Westbrook's music, the British jazz label Cadillac grew to release a host of artist including Ken Colyer, Stan Tracey, Frank Lowe, David Murray, Andy Sheppard, the Joe Harriott Quintet, and many others. Jack died on 7 September 2017, leaving behind a number of unfinished projects for the label, which new label manager Mike Gavin is now set to shine some light on. Cadillac will continue to trade as a label, reissuing out of print recordings and “bringing out never before issued gems from Cadillac’s dusty archive”, it says. The first new release will be a previously unreleased live session by the Mike Westbrook Concert Band that was recorded 25 May 1968 at London's Ronnie Scott’s in Gerrard Street, Chinatown, which Jack was managing at the time of recording. The recording was the last time a performance would be held at that old venue of Ronnie Scott's, a night that also coincided with Jack's birthday.