John Jack founded Cadillac Records in 1973 to independently release Mike Westbrook’s music when major labels turned their back on jazz. One of the UK’s first DIY labels, Cadillac went on to build a catalogue with albums by Ken Colyer, Joe Harriott, Stan Tracey & Mike Osborne, Dave Holdsworth, Liane Carroll Quartet, Bobby Wellins Quartet, David Murray & Dudu Pukwana among others.
Newly remastered from the original vinyl at Gearbox Studio with extended liner notes and new information. The Joe Harriott Quintet Swings High, recorded in 1967, saw Joe returning to his hard bop roots on a set that burns with a rare light. A top band of British jazz players, including the UK’s greatest drummer, Phil Seamen, and the sensitive and less-known-than-it-should-be trumpet playing of Stu Hamer, create a session that transcends the difficulties of its recording to create a timeless record, and from the point of view of pure playing, one of Joe’s very best.
“Joe plays so fiercely on the record that at times it seems as though he’s about to blow his alto apart.” – Coleridge Goode
always a big one!
great reissue” – Gilles Peterson