Don Rendell / Ian Carr Quintet - Shades Of Blue LP
Release Date: March 15th, 2019
Due to overwhelming demand for Jazzman's 5LP box set, here are the first ever official individual reissues of all five of the iconic Lansdowne recording sessions by the legendary UK jazz combo, the Don Rendell-Ian Carr Quintet.
The albums – Shades Of Blue (1965), Dusk Fire (1966), Phase III (1968), Live (1969) and Change Is (1969) – have reached almost mythical status in the collector's world. Regarded as holy grail artifacts for even the seasoned aficionado, the collective second-hand market value comes to an astonishing £6000.
Jazzman Records located and acquired the original analog master tapes from the Universal vaults and created masters at Abbey Road Studios to produce audiophile quality 180 gram pressings replete with replica artwork – shape, design, and even paper stock. No stone has been left unturned to deliver this absolute labor of love to the highest possible standard.
The band played together for seven years and during this fruitful time they made a plethora of deeply melodic, post-bop British jazz compositions that later on took influences from Indo and more spiritually guided jazz. Produced by the influential Denis Preston and recorded at his Lansdowne Studios in London, the band was primarily made up of saxophonist Don Rendell, trumpeter Ian Carr, and pianist Michael Garrick. This is UK jazz at its absolute finest and is a treasure not to be missed.