Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet – Shades Of Blue


If ever there was a golden period in British jazz it was the 1960s, with Don Rendell and Ian Carr, 2 of the most innovative musicians around, with the albums their quintet produced now legendary, and still fresh and stunning in their simplicity and power. This comes not only from the exquisite playing of Ian Carr on flugelhorn and trumpet, and Don Rendell’s tough tenor and soprano excursions, but equally from the thought that had gone into the writing and arranging.

The dynamics of the quintet members are beautifully balanced, with the lyrical playing of pianist Michael Garrick an often wistful counter to the searching bass of Dave Green, and the ever changing, explosive patterns from drummer Trevor Tomkins. There had never been such concise small ensemble playing since Miles Davis and John Coltrane came together in the 1950s.

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01. Blue Mosque
02. Latin Blue
03. Just Blue
04. Sailin’
05. Garrison ’64
06. Blue Doom
07. Shades Of Blue
08. Big City Strut

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3 Responses to “Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet – Shades Of Blue”

  1. Michele says:

    Serious cool!

  2. Frankie Mules says:


  3. AlBahooky says:

    Nice one – got odd tracks via GP comps

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