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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

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Francesca Remigi, Hal Galper, Don Rendell, Ian Carr and Other New Releases

Read "Francesca Remigi, Hal Galper, Don Rendell, Ian Carr and Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week's perusal through recent and upcoming jazz releases brings us British jazz from today (Alfa Mist) and yesterday (Don Rendell and Ian Carr), a stunning debut from Italy (Francesca Remigi), cutting edge music from the East Coast (Dave Douglas, Ben Wendel and Taka Nawashiro) and the West Coast (Dan Rosenboom), and two live unreleased gems ...

Guitar Gods & Goddesses: An Alternative Top Ten Albums

Read "Guitar Gods & Goddesses: An Alternative Top Ten Albums" reviewed by Chris May

Although it has been present in jazz since the 1920s, when it was routinely used in rhythm sections, as a solo instrument the guitar struggled to make itself heard--literally--until the second half of the 1930s, when reliable pick-ups and portable amplifiers became available. Foremost among the pioneers of the electrified instrument was Charlie Christian, a member ...

Drummers as Bandleaders: An Alternative Top Ten Albums

Read "Drummers as Bandleaders: An Alternative Top Ten Albums" reviewed by Chris May

Drummers have been key members of every band which has changed the course of jazz history, from Max Roach with Charlie Parker to Elvin Jones with John Coltrane and onwards. Yet drummers have been the leaders of a surprisingly small proportion of landmark bands themselves. Chick Webb in the 1920s was the first of the few. ...

Torrid Zone - The Vertigo Recordings 1970-1975

Label: Esoteric Recordings
Released: 2019
Track listing: CD 1: [Elastic Rock]: 1916; Elastic Rock; Striation; Taranki; Twisted Track; Crude Blues (Part One); Crude Blues (Part Two); 1916 - The Battle Of Boogaloo; Torrid Zone; Stonescape; Earth Mother; Speaking For Myself, Personally, In My Own Opinion, I Think; Persephone’s Jive. [We'll Talk About It Later]: Song For The Bearded Lady; Sun Child; Lullaby For A Lonely Child; We’ll Talk About It Later. CD 2: [We'll Talk About It Later (continued)]; Oasis; Ballad Of Joe Pimp; Easter 1916. [Solar Plexus]: Elements I & II; Changing Times; Bedrock Deadlock; Spirit Level; Torso; Snakehip’s Dream. CD3: [Belladonna]: Belladonna; Summer Rain; Remadione; May Day; Suspension; Hector’s House. [Labyrinth]: Origins; Bull Dance; Ariadne; Arena. CD 4: [Labyrinth (continued)]: Exultation; Naxos. [Roots]: Roots; Images; Caliban; Whapatiti; Capricorn; Odokamona; Southern Roots And Celebration. [Under The Sun]: In Procession; The Addison Trip; Pastoral Graffiti; New Life; A Taste Of Sasparilla. CD 5: [Under The Sun (continued)]:Theme 1 - Sasparilla; Theme 2 - Feast Alfresco; Theme 3 - Rites Of Man. [Snakehips Etcetera]: Rat’s Bag; Alive And Kicking; Rachel’s Tune; Snakehips Etcetera; Pussyfoot; Heyday. CD 6: [Alleycat]: Phaideaux Corner; Alleycat; Splat; You Can’t Be Sure; Nosegay.

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Mark Lockheart and Roger Sayer: Salvator Mundi

Read "Salvator Mundi" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Hot on the heels of Mark Lockheart's highly acclaimed Days On Earth (Edition, 2019), comes this liturgically-based duo recording. The saxophonist is accompanied here by virtuoso organist Roger Sayer, director of music at London's Temple Church. Sayer was a student at the Royal College of Music where he won multiple prizes for organ recital and was ...

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Norma Winstone & John Taylor: In Concert

Read "In Concert" reviewed by Roger Farbey

When John Taylor died on 17 July 2015, aged 72, the jazz world lost one its finest pianists. Over the course of his career he recorded with the likes of Arild Andersen, John Dankworth, Peter Erskine, Gil Evans. Jan Garbarek, Mike Gibbs, Charlie Haden, Lee Konitz, Enrico Rava, John Surman, Steve Swallow, Miroslav Vitous and Kenny ...

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Ian Carr: Torrid Zone - The Vertigo Recordings 1970-1975

Read "Torrid Zone - The Vertigo Recordings 1970-1975" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Cherry Red Records and its subsidiary labels excel in reissues; especially so with their occasional jazz-related box sets. Memorable examples include the 6-CD Jack Bruce collection, Can You Follow?, (Esoteric Recordings, 2008), Turtle Records--Pioneering British Jazz 1970-1971 (RPM, 2015) and most recently Gordon Beck—Jubilation! (Turtle Records, 2018). Now they've done it again with a painstakingly assembled ...

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It All About the Sax with Kyle Nasser

Read "It All About the Sax with Kyle Nasser" reviewed by Nick Davies

This show features an interview with saxophonist Kyle Nasser talking about his career in music. We also discuss his latest album Persistent Fancy, which looks at where people originate from which can be different to where they live. As this is a jazz show there is lots of new music and some tracks from the archives ...

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Allan Holdsworth: Live in Japan 1984

Read "Live in Japan 1984" reviewed by John Kelman

The loss of Allan Holdsworth in the spring of 2017 remains the passing of one of the most distinctive and innovative guitarists of the past half century. Born in the U.K in 1946, but moving to the U.S.A. in the early '80s, most who are familiar with Holdsworth's work also know how vastly influential he became, ...


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