A Tribute to Victor Schonfield

It’s with a real sense of loss that we learned of the passing of our great friend Victor Schonfield. Victor was a presence of enormous significance in the world of improvised music, as a teacher, a promoter, a fund of knowledge, a generous and open man. He was kind and always ready to help. Everything he did, and Victor’s range of activities were extraordinary, was done for the love of the music, and to support the artists he loved. From promoting the very first Sun Ra concert in the UK to championing great British musicians such as Bobby Wellins and Stan Tracey, he was indefatigable. We will miss him. Our thoughts are with his family.

Hazel Miller, Mike Gavin, on behalf of Cadillac Records and Ogun Recordings

Victor Schonfield at a Bobby Wellins gig, The Vortex. Photo by Peter Symes.
Brochure for the famous Jazz Now Sun Ra concert promoted by Victor, QEH, Nov 9th 1970

Jazz and Cricket – A Cricketer Book of the Year!

“the most outré title I’ve come across recently and also one of the year’s most unexpected joys was Matthew Wright’s brief and marvellous Jazz and Cricket. Any book that gives Frank Parr his due and mentions the other Charlie Parker is to be welcomed. ‘Oh, play that thing!'”
Paul Edwards

How’s that! The Cricketer (the world’s No.1 cricket magazine and winner of the ECB Outstanding Coverage of Domestic Cricket award for four consecutive years) have included Jazz and Cricket on their book of the year list! Available from all good cricket book shops and our online shop.

Albert’s Blues Reviewed In Jazzwise Magazine

Cadillac Records is delighted to share Peter Vacher’s review of our recent rerelease Albert’s Blues & the 44 Gerard St Session, published in the upcoming issue 267 of Jazzwise Magazine. Read more Jazzwise here, and buy your copy of the record here.

“What with detailed notes, good sound, and distinctive graphics, this has to be one of the reissues of the year” – 4/5 STARS

Peter Vacher, Jazzwise Magazine, Oct 2021

Albert Nicholas – A Classic Album and an Unissued Live Session

Cadillac Records are delighted to announce the upcoming reissue of jazz originator Albert Nicholas’ classic album ‘Albert’s Blues’, alongside a previously unreleased live session recording. This is a reissue of an original album on Doug Dobell’s legendary 77 label, based at the famous Charing Cross Road Record Shop. Albert ‘Nick’ Nicholas was a favourite of Doug and John Jack, Cadillac founder, and one of the great jazz originators – he played with Jelly Roll Morton and others before settling in Europe. This release includes unissued material, and a complete live session, never before released, recorded on acetate by Doug, of Albert and the Humphrey Lyttelton Band playing at an all night dive in London’s China Town in the ’50s.

“This record is full of such good things. Cuff Billetton trumpet lays down a firm lead with a nice fat tone and takes some inventive solos, and Richard Simmonds provides some two-fisted piano backings. But this, as I am sure they all agree, is Nick’s record.”

Ian Christie, from the original 1977 sleevenote to Albert’s Blues

Tori Handsley – New Video for ‘Home’

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.

As We Stand was also recently reviewed by Yves Tassin on the Belgian website JazzMania. As Yves put it:

“Un album, beaucoup plus que jazz, que les curieux se doivent de découvrir, ces trois fabuleux musiciens méritent notre attention. De futurs grands.”

“An album, much more than jazz, that the curious must discover, these three fabulous musicians deserve our attention. Future greats!”

If that gets you curious, you can discover As We Stand on Bandcamp or Spotify, or read more about it here.

Composed by Tori Handsley.
From the album As We Stand released on Cadillac records.

Tori Handsley – Electric harp
Ruth Goller – Bass
Moses Boyd – Drums

Produced by Pour it on Productions
Directed by Tori Handsley

Label Spotlight – The New York City Jazz Record

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!

TORI HANDSLEY As We Stand – New album released Nov 27 2020!

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!

For more information visit https://www.torihandsley.com/ 

For PR contact Will Vincent on will@prescriptionpr.co.uk


Harry Beckett – Joy Unlimited released

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.”