Following the release of her album As We Stand on Cadillac last year, Tori Handsley has released a new video for the track ‘Home’, with Pour It On Productions. Showcasing Tori’s love of high top trainers, the video reveals all the work a harpist’s feet are getting up to while the rest of us are watching their hands.
Cadillac Records is proud to be featured in the Label Spotlight section of the latest issue of The New York City Jazz Record. Download the complete issue here. Text by Mark Keresman; extract reproduced here with credit to The New York City Jazz Record.
“Record labels are as common as blades of grass these days but as any music devotee familiar with the ups and downs of the business will tell you, that commonality is superficial. Some labels end up having a specific impact (sometimes aimed for, sometimes not). Other outfits put a new set of clothing on sounds from the past. And still others focus on styles that mainstream outfits -and even some indie labels – would find anathema…or downright commercial suicide. Cadillac specializes in, mostly but not entirely, styles of jazz too chancy for mainstream concerns and provides a daïs of sorts for some of the UK’s – and beyond – jazz makers. […]
“Reissues of important UK discs include trumpeter [Harry] Beckett’s Joy Unlimited from 1974 and currently a best seller of Cadillac’s catalogue. This is a gem; while its fusion aspects date parts of it slightly, Joy Unlimited sounds as if it could’ve been spawned last year: a joy-filled mélange of forward-looking hardbop and a bit of soul-jazz, with concise soloing and persuasive, engaging grooves that are direct yet never pander to searching for that mythical Wider Audience. The track “Not Just Tomorrow” could score medium airplay even now (among more enlightened FM outlets) with its loping, pulsating rhythm and heartfelt and sweetly melodious trumpet solo.”
Thanks to Mark and all at The Record for their kind words!
Cadillac Records and Tori Handsley are delighted to announce the release of Tori’s highly anticipated debut album, As We Stand. Tori’s reputation as a musician in a variety of environments has never been greater, and her improvisational skills, on show monthly at the innovative Freedom: The Art of Improvisation, which she has co-hosted at London’s Vortex club with jazz warrior Orphy Robinson MBE and Straight No Chaser boss Paul Bradshaw during the last few years, ensure that she stands out in the current crop of young, politically and musically motivated players on the London scene.
Listen to the first single from the album: What’s in a Tune
As We Stand is a brave and powerful work that will change attitudes to Tori’s instrument, the harp. It also showcases Tori’s writing – both lyrical and musical – which proves to be sophisticated and mature. The band are every bit the equal of these scores: drummer Moses Boyd needs no introduction following his groundbreaking duo Binker and Moses’ international success (Tori featured on their albums Journey To The Mountain Of Forever and Alive In The East – with free jazz legend Evan Parker) and Mercury Prize nomination. Ruth Goller (Melt Yourself Down, Acoustic Ladyland) is a key figure on the London scene, widely regarded for her powerfully rhythmic playing. Vocalist Sahra Gure is quickly establishing herself as one of the most stylish and versatile singers around, recently working with Dele Sosimi, Cleveland Watkiss MBE, Ashley Henry among others.
As We Stand is a statement – political, environmental and musical – by one of the most interesting young musical talents around and we’re proud to release it to the world!
At last, the day is upon us! The reissue of Harry Beckett’s beautiful album Joy Unlimited, originally recorded in 1974, is released today. Here’s some nice things that’ve been said about it already.
“Exuberant and energizing, it has catchy tunes and frill-free arrangements. It is the absolute, total, care-free flipside of the moody contemporaneous work of Miles Davis and makes great summertime listening…[Harry] was an early pioneer of a culturally distinct strand of Caribbean and African-enriched jazz, which in 2020 is a key ingredient in the new London jazz of players such as Shabaka Hutchings, Nubya Garcia, Binker Golding and Camilla George.” Chris May, All About Jazz
“A decade after his death, his own recordings are less easy to find, so this reissue from 1975 – nicely packaged by Cadillac with new notes from Beckett biographer John Thurlow – is lovely to have.” Jon Turney, London Jazz
Julian Joseph played the beautiful calypso inspired Glowing from Joy Unlimited on BBC Radio 3 J-Z: “A subtle calypso & jazz rock flavour from the trumpet of UK jazz legend Harry Beckett.”
We’re delighted to announce the forthcoming reissue of the great Harry Beckett Joy Unlimited album from 1975 on Cadillac! This is the first time the album has been reissued, and the first time at all on CD and digital. We’re also releasing a limited edition (500 copies) vinyl version! Release date will be August 7 2020. Distribution through our good mates at Proper Records. Pre-order now:
To clarify, the release date for the Fela Ransome Kuti 10″ is the 29th August 2020, the first of the new Record Store Day Drop Days. I know it’s a while off, and I’m sure some impatient souls have sneaked out their RSD releases already, but the GOOD thing is that for the week following release this will ONLY be available from indie stores, and we all need to support them. So apply your new found wells of patience, and all will be well…