July 14, 2010 – 3:59 am

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

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Ian Carr Celebration - Northumbrian Sketches  [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, UK, February 23, 2010, broadcast on Radio 3 Jazz Line Up on Sunday 19th 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 second half features Ian Carr’s Northumbrian Sketches, with Guy Barker, and a string ensemble, conducted by Michael Gibbs, who came all the way from Spain to conduct. We’re not sure if Carr’s brief military service with the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers was an influence on this epic but it does sound like soundtrack material. This is Carr’s classical composition and it’s very good.

If the story is true, back in 1988 Miles Davis asked for a copy of Old Heartland. Davis’ scope was certainly not as wide as Carr’s.

The most important thing to remember when listening to Carr’s music is his belief that jazz was not the sole proprietorship of Americans.

Big thanks to youngsbest for sharing the FM broadcast on Dime and fastone for the artwork.
Lineage: FM: Marantz ST6000 with external dipole>Soundforge>Flac

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Second set
Track 01. Part 1: Open Country (21.4MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 02. Part 2: Interiors (21.1MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 03. Part 3: Disjunctive Boogie (11.2MB)
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Track 04. Part 4: Spirit of Place (14.3MB)
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TT: 36.41

Guy Barker - trumpet
Tim Whitehead - bass clarinet, saxophone
Rob Statham - bass guitar
String orchestra led by violinist Sonia Slany featuring students
and professionals from the Royal College of Music
Conducted by Mike Gibbs

First part available here.

The studio version of the four movement Northumbrian Sketches by Ian Carr can be found on this CD, Old Heartland, originally released in 1988. It was reissued on CD as a two-fer coupled with Out Of The Long Dark on the BGO label. Click on the link to order the album.

  1. One Response to “BRITISH JAZZ HERO II”

  2. Bless you! This is a marvelously rendered tribute to a master. The restrained orchestration lets the music breath, and helps the tunes pulse, pounce or sway in a supple, subtle manner. Wonderful listening all the way around.

    By kingpossum on Jul 14, 2010

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