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Ian Carr


Ian Carr has been at the forefront of British modern jazz for over 40 years. He started playing trumpet in his brother Mike’s band, the EmCee 5 in the very early 1960s. This bebop-influenced band even boasted a young John McLaughlin in its lineup at one point. He moved down to London from his home turf of the North East of England and then met up with various jazz musicians, including sax player Don Rendell. He teamed up with Don and together they formed one of the most influential British modern jazz quintets ever heard. The Rendell-Carr Quintet was something of a jazz supergroup, and although they only recorded five albums, for the EMI Columbia Lansdowne series label, these still command high secondhand prices on eBay


Warm Up

Label: Jazz In Britain
Released: 2023
Track listing: Disc One: Blues By Five; Jonah And The Whale; The Sixth Seal; Shades Of Blue; Hot Red; No Blues. Disc Two: Garrison ’64; Promises; Ursula; Autumn Leaves; When I Fall In Love; My Funny Valentine.


Article: Book Review

Music Farther Outside by Bill Shoemaker

Read "Music Farther Outside by Bill Shoemaker" reviewed by Jeff Schwartz

Music Farther Outside: Experimental Music During Brexit and the Pandemic Bill Shoemaker 213 Pages ISBN: #9781538178775 Rowman & Littlefield 2023 Music Farther Outside is a sequel to two books. First, it is Bill Shoemaker's follow-up to his excellent Jazz in the 1970s: Diverging Streams (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017). Both ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Emi Makabe, Eric Hofbauer, George Coleman, and More

Read "Emi Makabe, Eric Hofbauer, George Coleman, and More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

There is a broad cross-section of artists from many parts of the jazz and blues world on this show, including Emi Makabe, Eric Hofbauer, George Coleman, Charlie Musselwhite, and Bob Dorough. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air ...


Article: Book Review

Neil Ardley & Ian Carr: Authoritative Studies Of Paradigm Shifting British Musicians

Read "Neil Ardley & Ian Carr: Authoritative Studies Of Paradigm Shifting British Musicians" reviewed by Chris May

Not-for-profit label Jazz In Britain is best known for carefully curated releases of historically important recordings made by British musicians in the 1960s and 1970s, most of them previously unavailable and sourced either from the musicians' own tape archives or those of BBC Radio. But from time to time, the label also publishes books.


Article: Album Review

Trevor Tomkins' Sextant: For Future Reference

Read "For Future Reference" reviewed by Chris May

A 2-CD collection of four sessions recorded for BBC Radio between 1980 and 1983, For Future Reference is a snapshot, just one of many snapshots that might be taken, of British jazz in the period immediately before the so-called “jazz boom" of the mid to late 1980s. That boom was marked by an acknowledgement of the ...


Article: Album Review

Graham Collier: Down Another Road @ Stockholm Jazz Days ’69

Read "Down Another Road @ Stockholm Jazz Days ’69" reviewed by Chris May

In 1969, when the composer and bassist Graham Collier took his sextet to Stockholm Jazz Days to give a live performance of their album Down Another Road (Fontana, 1969), the presence of a British band onstage at a European jazz festival was exceptional. The idea that British musicians would one day have their names on the ...


Article: Album Review

The Don Rendell / Ian Carr Quintet: Warm Up

Read "Warm Up" reviewed by Chris May

British modern jazz was gaining new confidence in itself in 1965, when Warm Up, subtitled The Complete Live At The Highwayman 1965, was recorded. It needed to be. As Simon Spillett writes in his liner notes, at the time “British jazzmen bravely fought a battle on two fronts, one against the stranglehold of American influence, the ...


Penumbra II

Label: Jazz In Britain
Released: 2022
Track listing: First Movement; Second Movement; Third Movement.


Article: Book Excerpts

Ivor Cutler: A Life Outside The Sitting Room

Read "Ivor Cutler: A Life Outside The Sitting Room" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 6 (A Life of Whimsical Fantasies) and 9 (A Life on the Page), from Ivor Cutler: A Life Outside The Sitting Room (Equinox Publishing, 2022). Chapter 6: A Life of Whimsical Fantasies Ivor's love of jazz, formed during his teens and early-20s, remained strong and he visited ...


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