22 febbraio 2010


A un anno esatto dalla sua scomparsa, due eventi celebrano la memoria di Ian Carr: uno speciale concerto (Celebration of a Life in Music) a Londra, Queen Elizabeth Hall il prossimo 23 febbraio e la pubblicazione dell'inedito Don Rendell-Ian Carr Quintet ~ Live at the Union 1966 per opera dell'imbattibile Reel Recordings.

In celebration of the hugely respected hero of British jazz, who died last February, Celebration of a Life in Music 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.

Jazz in Britain during the 1960 has found many musical voices speaking uniquely beyond their American inspiration, but few spoke as eloquently as the Don Rendell Ian Carr Quintet. Formed in 1964 by modernists Don Rendell (saxes/flutes) and the late Ian Carr (trumpet/flugelhorn), their quintet was perfected by the tremendous rhythm section of composer Michael Garrick (piano), Dave Green (double bass) and Trevor Tompkins (drums). While a handful of classic records made for EMI/Columbia U.K. between 1964 and 1969 remain among the most sought after missing discs in many a British Jazz record collection, it was on the bandstand where the Quintet’s music found its greatest expression. What a revelation then to discover this lost private recording, which captured six chapters played from the stylistically expansive book of compositions penned by Don Rendell, Ian Carr, and Michael Garrick. The Quintet’s concert took place at the Students Union Hall at London’s University College on December 12, 1966 among an intimate and enthusiastic audience of friends, and remarkably was recorded by George Foster. Deputizing for bassist Dave Green, who left early due to a double booking at Ronnie Scott’s Old Place, was New Jazz Orchestra’s bassist Tony Reeves, who plays beautifully throughout. From the exhilarating, and hitherto unreleased, Trane’s Mood, through the lyrical Webster’s Mood, the quintet’s performance overflows with emotion and beauty. Nearly fifty years on Reel Recordings is privileged to present the Don Rendell - Ian Carr Quintet ~ Live at the Union 1966, in affiliation with the February 23, 2010 Queen Elizabeth Hall concert, “Ian Carr: Celebration of a Life in Music”. All proceeds from this CD to benefit Britain’s Alzheimer Research Trust.