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In memory of John Catrwright – bass player, Jess Roden Band

In memory of John Catrwright – bass player, Jess Roden Band

john cartwright jess rodenIt is with great sadness that we have to announce
the passing of John Cartwright, bass player and
one of the principle songwriters of The Jess Roden
Band who died of a heart-attack yesterday,
November 9 2016.

A multi-instrumentalist John was a stalwart of the Southampton scene for many years. He was originally in a group called The Life “playing all manner of Tamla stuff, a harmony group” before being co-opted into The Globe Show alongside Bruce Roberts (guitar), Ronnie Taylor (sax) and Chris Gower (trombone). “I found that guitar, bass, piano and drums were well within my reach, like when we formed The Globe Show, they had a bass player but no drummer.”

Ronnie Taylor – “Maggs (John) said to me when I last saw him,

‘We were dead lucky then, what experiences we had; 20… 21 years old, working with Irma Franklin at the Royal Albert Hall… Wilson Pickett… Patti Labelle doing the only British tour she ever did… Ben E King… Jimmy Ruffin… Joe Tex…’ I mean, this was one band – The Globe Show – and we backed ‘em all.”

Then, in 1971, The Globe Show reinvented themselves as Iguana. Pete Hunt joined on drums, while John switched to bass. After one moderately success album for Polydor, Jess Roden came calling – his first solo album for Island had just been released and he was looking for a band with which to work – after one rehearsal, the Jess Roden Band was born.

With a stellar reputation on stage, the JRB’s live success never translated into record sales and, after releasing three albums, the group disbanded in 1977.

John contributed to Jess’s first solo US recording and, in the early 80s began recording with his partner, Jaki Whitren among which Rhythm Hymn, International Times, Miracle Style and Isis Unveiled. John also co-produced Hugh Masekela’s 1989 Uptownship album and worked with Miriam Makeba among many others.

In later years, he and Jaki divided their time between their home in France and Glastonbury.

Strum along with Jess Roden

Thank you Google Alerts for finding this gem today. Here’s a Chordify version of the little video we made to promote Jess Rodens Anthology. we can’t account for its accuracy, though its very very nice of them to give chords to our fuzzy radio transitions between clips. Continue Reading

Jess Roden Anthology selling on Amazon for £230.96 –  Bargain!

Jess Roden Anthology selling on Amazon for £230.96 – Bargain!

Alternatively,  buy Anthology from HiddenMasters for £65… there might be some buyers who want to spend that sort of money, after all, the album is a limited edition, and we only have about 50 left, so we can understand the panic… but £230, wow!!! But if you’re looking for a cheaper version of the Anthology, there are two used versions… Continue Reading

Inside Jess Roden’s Anthology – video

Presenting a video montage with snippets of music from The Jess Roden Anthology and showing a few of the exclusive pictures in the accompanying book, along with pictures of a load of old boxes… also known as Hidden Masters. If you’d like to order one of the last remaining copies, as there are now only… Continue Reading

Jess Roden’s interview names names

Just listened to BBC’s whispering Bob Harris’ interview with Jess Roden which can be found here for the next seven days. Bob calls the Anthology, “an absolutely wonderful book set.” We like Bob. (interview comes in at 2.24.18.) Also in the interview Jess explains the discovery of unheard material being published on his Anthology for… Continue Reading

Looking for Bronco fans of 1971, Dorderecht

Please take a look at the Bronco pictures taken on this website. Ron de Brujin has posted a request on the DordCentraal site asking people to identify  the people in the pictures. Were you attending this event in 1971? ~ Here’s an interpretations of the text – care of Google’s translation and a bit of… Continue Reading