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by Chris May
As British jazz reaches new and unprecedented peaks of popularity, major labels are revisiting their vaults and rereleasing artistically enduring but long unavailable albums. Universal/Decca's British Jazz Explosion: Originals Re-Cut is the most ambitious of such reissue programs to be announced so far in 2021. It concentrates on the years 1965 -1972, a pivotal period in the coming of age of British jazz and one which continues to inspire the generation of young radicals who are making their mark in ...read more
by John Kelman
During its five-year run, the Don Rendell Ian Carr Quintet was one of the UK's premiere small ensemble jazz groups. Five albums on Columbia didn't hurt either, from 1965's Shades of Blue through to 1969's Change Is, where dissention ultimately resulted in the band's dissolution. Sometimes it's for the best, though; saxophonist/flautist Rendell continued on in a relatively mainstream fashion, while trumpeter Carr created one of the UK's earliest fusion groups, Nucleus, featuring (at various times) guitarist Allan Holdsworth, drummer ...read more
by Chris May
A fascinating snapshot of the British jazz and rhythm & blues interzone of the early '60s, Roarin' --unavailable for decades and here released on CD for the first time--is well titled. It's a raucous, sweaty, at times honking and screaming ruckus of hard bop, laced with jump jive and blues roots--and it's as enjoyable today as it must have been forty something years ago.
Recorded in '61, the album catches Don Rendell, aged 35, returning to the scene ...read more