Jack Tracy

Jack Tracy (* 1927, † December 21, 2010 in California ) was an American music editor, writer and music producer.


Tracy grew up in Minneapolis and graduated in 1949 from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism. His professional career began in Chicago as editor of the jazz magazine Down Beat; he wrote in 1954 a series on drug use in the music scene. After nine years in Down Beat, including six years as executive editor, he worked as a producer for the label Chess Records and its sublabel Argo jazz from 1958; where he was responsible for albums by Ahmad Jamal Ramsey Lewis, Dodo Marmarosa ( Dodo's Back), and also the first recordings of Benny Golson / Art Farmer Jazztet - like Meet the Jazztet (1960 ) responsible.

From the late 1950s, Tracy worked as an A & R at Mercury Records, where he jazz and pop field - among other things Recordings of Lee Hazlewood or Harry Nilsson - supervised ( he broke Bob Shad in 1958 as head of the jazz sublabels EmArcy Mercury from ) and from 1962 their establishment headed in Los Angeles. He was also responsible for the jazz sub-label Limelight Records and produced, inter alia, Recording with Cannonball Adderley / John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Terry Gibbs, Roland Kirk ( Rip, Rig and Panic ) or Gerry Mulligan. Tracy produced from 1966 for the Liberty Records label, World Pacific, and Fantasy Records; until the 1970s he was responsible for the production of over 300 albums. With Leonard Feather, he published in 1979 by Da Capo the book Laughter from the Hip. In his later years he worked as a freelance writer and music critic (including for the blog Rifftides ) on the west coast of the United States.

Tracy is not to be confused with the eponymous Sherlock Holmes researchers.