Don Rendell-Ian Carr Quintet - The Complete Lansdowne Recordings, 1965-1969 5xLP
Release Date: December 7th, 2018
Jazzman Records presents the Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet's The Complete Lansdowne Recordings, 1965-1969. After an epic licensing odyssey that's taken Jazzman almost 20 years, the label is finally able to announce the five-LP box set release of the first-ever official re-issue of all five of the iconic Lansdowne recording sessions by legendary UK jazz combo, the Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet. The five albums (Shades Of Blues (1965), Dusk Fire (1966), Phase III (1968), Change Is (1969), and Live (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. Many have tried – and failed – to reissue these albums by legitimate means, the main problem being that Universal Music, the largest record company in the world, didn't know the whereabouts of the original documentation in amongst the tens of thousands of other files in their archives. Understandably, locating the necessary paperwork pertaining to some obscure jazz albums from the 1960s wasn't and never will be top priority for such an organization. However, two decades since our initial approach, we have managed to succeed. The complete Don Rendell & Ian Carr Lansdowne recording sessions have now undergone a full and unprecedented box set reissue. We 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 enclosed booklet contains never-before-seen photographs, interviews with the remaining living band members and liner notes from BBC Radio 3 presenter and award-winning jazz writer Alyn Shipton. 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 Rendell, trumpeter/composer Carr, and pianist/composer Michael Garrick. This is UK jazz at its absolute finest, and the quality of our box set pays testament to that. Five LP box set housing LPs in original replica flipback color sleeves, with poly-lined printed inners and 180 gram vinyl. Includes color booklet with original liner notes and unpublished photographs. Numbered edition of 1000.