July 7, 2010 – 4:00 am

Ian Carr was trumpeter, composer, author, broadcaster, journalist, campaigner, teacher and more.

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Ian Carr Celebration [no label, 1CD]

Live at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, UK, February 23, 2010, broadcast on Radio 3 Jazz Line Up on Sunday 18th April 2010. Excellent FM stereo.

“In celebration of the hugely respected hero of British jazz, who died last February, this concert features a re-formed edition of Carr’s seminal electric band, Nucleus; the London premiere of ‘Northumbrian Sketches’ with soloist Guy Barker and string ensemble conducted by Mike Gibbs; plus Michael Garrick with a group evocative of his collaborations with Ian Carr in the 1960s. Norma Winstone, Ray Russell, John Marshall and Tim Whitehead will be among many leading British jazz stars taking part. All proceeds went to the Alzheimers Society.” - The press release.

This is the first set of a three-part concert held this year in February to honor the late Ian Carr. First up was British pianist Nikki Yeoh. The keyboardist and composer born in London, UK, is better known for her work with Courtney Pine, Neneh Cherry, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Chante Moore and Steve Williamson, among others. Yeoh is a Eurasian, having a Malaysian Chinese father and an English mother. She was a student of Carr.

Yeoh performs the “lighter side” of Carr, airy compositions that show Carr was not stuck in free jazz.

Next up is the Michael Garrick Sextet who perform the works of the Rendell-Carr Quintet. On track 11, Dusk Fire, Don Rendell made a rare appearance to play the saxophone. Garrick was the piano player for the Rendell-Carr band from 1965 to 1969. Garrick was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours.

The most important thing to remember when listening to Carr’s music is his belief that jazz was not the sole proprietorship of Americans. Do buy a copy of the recently released live album listed at the end of this article. It is to their credit that Carr and his friends documented such an early gig.

Big thanks to 6153terry for sharing the FM broadcast on Dime and fastone for the artwork.
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First set
Track 01. Dance of Two Small Bears 07:16 (13.3MB)
Track 02. Nikki Yeoh speaks 0:31 (1.0MB)
Track 03. The Healer 06:01 (11.0MB)
Nikki Yeoh (p)

Track 04. Julian Joseph comment 01:40 (3.0MB)

Track 05. Promises 06:12 (11.3MB)
Michael Garrick Sextet: Garrick (p), Norma Winstone (vcl), Dave Green (b),
Trevor Tomkins (drs), Henry Lowther (tpt), Art Themen (s)

Track 06. Michael Garrick speaks 02:43 (4.9MB)

Track 07. Voices (including poem ‘Songs for a Season’ read by Jeremy Robson) 09:10 (17.1MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Michael Garrick Quintet: Garrick (p), Norma Winstone (vcl), Dave Green (b),
Trevor Tomkins (dr), Henry Lowther (tpt), Art Themen (s)

Track 08. Julian Joseph speaks 00:10 (330k)

Track 09. Torrent 05:04 (9.3MB)
Michael Garrick Quintet: Garrick (p), Norma Winstone (vcl), Dave Green (b),
Trevor Tomkins (dr), Henry Lowther (tpt), Art Themen (s)

Track 10. MG introduces Don Rendell 02:27 (4.5MB)

Track 11. Dusk Fire 11:55 (22.3MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Michael Garrick Sextet: Garrick (p), Dave Green (b), Trevor Tomkins (dr),
Henry Lowther (tpt), Don Rendell (s)

Track 12. MG speaks 01:51 (3.4MB)

Track 13. Websters Mood 09:39 (18.1MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Michael Garrick Septet: Garrick (p), Norma Winstone (vcl), Dave Green (b),
Trevor Tomkins (dr), Henry Lowther (tpt), Art Themen (s), Don Rendell (s)

Track 14. Julian Joseph outro 00:56 (1.7MB)

To coincide with the concert celebrating Ian Carr’s life and music, an album containing over an hour’s performance by the Don Rendell-Ian Carr Quintet recorded live in December 1966 was issued on CD by Canadian Company Reel Recordings (who specialise in remastering reel-to-reel tapes) and on a double LP by British Company Stamford Audio. Recordings by this legendary band are extremely rare.

The band were taped at the Students’ Union Jazz Club at University College London on Dec 12, 1966 by George Foster, then Secretary of the Jazz Society at the College. The tape was thought to have been lost in the late 1960s, but turned up among Ian’s possessions when his flat was cleared.

The six tracks are On (Rendell) 6:29, Ursula (Garrick) 11:07, Trane’s Mood (Garrick) 16:22. Carolling (Garrick) 5:31, Webster’s Mood (Garrick) 16:54 Hot Rod (Carr/Garrick) 14:42 - The sound quality was described as “very good, better than their other taped gigs”. “Live at the Union 1966” was released on Feb 23 in aid of medical research into Alzheimer’s Disease. Click on the link to order the album.

  1. 4 Responses to “BRITISH JAZZ HERO I”

  2. Never, never, never heard of him…! Let’s try it — thanks!

    By Serge Zéni on Jul 10, 2010

  3. Never heard of him!…well you’re in for a hell of a treat…DUSK FIRE is brilliant and the NUCLEUS albums are magic…start digging,mate!

    By Monty on Jul 11, 2010

  4. Marvellous music! I well know these fantastic musicians (Rendell, Garrick, Winstone etc.)and I have always loved the music of Ian Carr. I will try to find this record and others (older) of the british jazz and jazz-rock.Che dire ? Un bellissimo ascolto

    By marco on Nov 1, 2010

  5. a great musician, tremendously important in British music of the 60s, 70s, and 80s, and a very nice guy if you spoke to him. And his hero was Miles, but he didn’t try to copy Miles, he did his own thing

    By A Guy who loves Miles on Jan 26, 2014

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