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Ian Carr

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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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Blue Beginnings

Label: Jazz In Britain
Released: 2021
Track listing: Blue Doom; Autumn Leaves; Garrison ’64; Shades Of Blue; Sailin’; Latin Blue; You’ll Never Know; Big City Strut.

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Solar Session

Label: Jazz In Britain
Released: 2021
Track listing: Element 1; Bedrock Deadlock; Spirit Level; Torso; Snakehips’ Dream.

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Kaleidoscope Of Rainbows Live '75

Label: Jazz In Britain
Released: 2021
Track listing: CD1: Intro; Prologue/Rainbow 1; Interlude 1; Rainbow 2; Interlude 2; Rainbow 3 (incomplete). CD2: Rainbow 4; Rainbow 5/Rainbow 6; Interlude 3; Interlude 4; Rainbow 7; Rainbow 8; Interlude 5; Rainbow 9; Epilogue; Outro.

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Don Rendell / Ian Carr Quintet: Blue Beginnings

Read "Blue Beginnings" reviewed by Chris May


Summer 2021 is proving to be the summer British jazz delved into its mid 1960s through mid 1970s album back catalogue and previously unreleased tape archive, with both major and specialist labels such as Jazz In Britain joining in the party. The spur to action is, of course, the new and unprecedented popularity of British jazz ...

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Don Rendell Quintet: Space Walk

Read "Space Walk" reviewed 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 ...

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Various: Journeys In Modern Jazz: Britain (1965-1972)

Read "Journeys In Modern Jazz: Britain (1965-1972)" reviewed by Chris May


As British jazz in 2021 reaches domestic and international audiences of unprecedented size, so record companies are being emboldened to open up their archives and reissue long-buried treasures. So, too, are new labels being formed to make available recordings which have not previously been released, but which have survived in the tape libraries of the musicians ...

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Ian Carr: Solar Session

Read "Solar Session" reviewed by Chris May


One of the first European jazz bandleaders to embrace synthesizers, bass guitars and other electric instruments, trumpeter, composer and author Ian Carr forged a singularly British style of jazz-rock with his band Nucleus, which he formed in 1969 and with which he recorded a dozen albums through the 1970s. Carr had previously paid extensive dues in ...

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Article: Album Review

Neil Ardley: Kaleidoscope Of Rainbows Live '75

Read "Kaleidoscope Of Rainbows Live '75" reviewed by Chris May


One of the more obscure but loftiest masterpieces of British jazz, composer Neil Ardley's long-form suite Kaleidoscope Of Rainbows was released on the tiny Gull Records label in 1976. Its beauty and vitality have remained absolutely unsullied by the passing years and the album has been reissued a couple of times, most recently on Dusk Fire ...

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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 ...


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