19 July 2021 - A vinyl reissue of the 1973 Ian Carr's Nucleus album Roots is scheduled for release on 22 October 2021 on the Manchester-based Be With Records label (Bewith102LP). The label's website enthuses about this reissue thus: Originally released on Vertigo in 1973, other than a couple of versions at the time, Roots was never re-pressed since so it’s gone on to become another one of those impossible to find records. Maybe it was a little too out there for the time, but it’s aged very, very well indeed and this Be With re-issue, remastered from the original analogue tapes, shows off just why this deserves to be back in press. For more info and to pre-order go to the Be With website page here: https://www.bewithrecords.com/products/ian-carrs-nucleus-roots-lp
15 July 2021 - The August 2021 issue of Jazzwise includes a three page interview by Alyn Shipton with pianist/composer Nikki Yeoh on her formative jazz years studying with her mentor Ian Carr. It also reveals her forthcoming commission dedictaed to Ian and appropriately entitled "Nucleus". All being well the piece will be performed in 2022 by the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. No other details have yet been revealed.
18 June 2021 - Ian Carr's seminal 1972 album Belladonna (remastered at half-speed) was reissued at the end of April on the Mr Bongo label both on vinyl and CD. This is an official reissue, remastered by Miles Showell at Abbey Road and features the original Vertigo swirl logo on the record labels.
1 June 2021 - Resteamed Records have just reissued Stan Tracey's paean to Duke Ellington, We Love You Madly which features Ian Carr along with other stars of the last century. The double CD is coupled with Stan's long out of print With Love From Jazz with Bobby Wellins. More details here:
2 April 2021 - Jazz In Britain announces a newly discovered archival treasure! Ian Carr Double Quintet : Solar Session
This double quintet recorded this as a live in-studio set in London on the 26th October 1970.
It has never previously been released. Tracks comprise: Element 1; Bedrock Deadlock; Spirit Level; Torso; Snakehips' Dream. It is released around June 2021 as a limited edition 10" vinyl EP, limited editon CD and digital download.
The line-up is: Ian Carr, Harold Beckett - trumpet/flugelhorn; Brian Smith - tenor/soprano sax;
Tony Roberts - tenor sax/bass clarinet; Karl Jenkins - electric piano/oboe; Chris Spedding - guitar;
Ron Matthewson - bass guitar; Jeff Clyne - bass; John Marshall - drums; Chris Karan - congas;
Keith Winter - VCS3. More details here: https://jazzinbritain.co.uk/album/solar-session
29 January 2021 - A major retrospective of the work of documentary filmmaker Mike Dibb - A Listening Eye: The Films Of Mike Dibb - is currently available free to view online via the Whitechapel Gallery website here: https://www.whitechapelgallery.org/events/a-listening-eye/ Mike Dibb has made several films about jazz including documentaries on Miles Davis, Keith Jarrett (with Ian Carr as consultant), The Rendell Carr Quintet and Barbara Thompson and Jon Hiseman.
23 January 2021 - Jazz In Britain is releasing a spectacular double CD of a live concert of Neil Ardley's Kaleidoscope Of Rainbows recorded at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 20th October 1975. As with the studio version on Gull Records, this concert included the current line-up of Nucleus plus guests. The recording quality is in excellent stereo. It will also be available as a digital download. Liner notes are by Sid Smith. For more details and to purchase the album check out the Jazz In Britain Bandcamp website here: https://jazzinbritain1.bandcamp.com/album/kaleidoscope-of-rainbows-live-75
13 January 2021 - From the Jazz In Britain Facebook page: "We are very excited to announce that Don Rendell Ian Carr - Blue Beginnings is now available to pre-order on download and limited edition LP from the links below (CD coming later). Previously unreleased. Beautifully packaged 180g vinyl. Flip-back sleeve. Strictly limited pressing run of 500 copies worldwide. Includes colour insert reproduction of original 1965 Shades Of Blue press release and extensive liner notes by Simon Spillett. Fully authorised."
Full details here: jazzinbritain1.bandcamp.com/album/blue-beginnings
1 January 2021 – The new Ian Carr and Nucleus website is officially launched today! This launch to a new web host is due to Webs, this site’s previous web host, closing down this year, having been bought out by Vistaprint.
14 December 2020 - Barbara Thompson Live At The BBC – As stated on the Temple Music website: “This previously hidden treasure trove of Barbara Thompson recordings amounts to 14 CDs containing 27 complete radio programmes recorded and broadcast by the BBC over a period of 21 years. Many come from Barbara’s own, tapes, preserved by her husband, legendary drummer Jon Hiseman, in their archive at Temple Music, while others have been gathered from private collections across Britain and Europe. The material ranges from a live concert by the New Jazz Orchestra, introduced by Humphrey Lyttelton, in February 1969 to a set by Paraphernalia, featuring Jon Hiseman and keyboard player Peter Lemer, dating from June 1990.” It also contains Ian Carr’s participation on the New Jazz Orchestra CD and his detailed introductions to some of the various concerts.
4 December 2020 - This website is very sad to report the death of the virtuoso bassist Ron Mathewson who played on some of the most noteworthy British jazz albums including Tubby Hayes' Mexican Green, Kenny Wheeler's Song For Someone, Ronnie Scott's Serious Gold and Ian Carr's Solar Plexus. He also played and recorded with The Clarke Boland Big Band and Philly Joe Jones amongst many others. R.I.P. Ron.
14 November 2020 - The Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet – BBC Jazz Club Sessions 1965-1966 is now available from Rhythm & Blues Records on CD. It contains very rare previously unreleased recordings of three radio broadcasts. The first programme features Colin Purbrook on piano and the second set showcases Jeff Clyne on bass who depped for regular bassist Dave Green. The third set, compered by Humphrey Lyttelton presents the “classic” RCQ line-up with heart-stopping versions of Dusk Fire and Les Neiges D’Antan (The Snows Of Yesteryear) amongst others. The recording quality is extremely high and the CD is accompanied by eight pages of sleeve notes by Simon Spillett plus rare photographs. This release is highly recommended.