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Ian Carr...
Ian Carr was born in Dumfries, Scotland, in 1933 and although he played trumpet casually at school, Durham University and the Forces he did not devote himself seriously to music until 1960 when he had reached the age of 27. By then he had spent two years leading a nomadic existence in Europe whilst trying to decide on a career in keeping with his university achievements. On returning home in early 1960 he found his younger brother playing in a group called the EmCee Five, which at that time included a trumpeter whom the other four member considered insufficiently keen. For a year Ian devoted his life to practice, taking his first ever lessons and rehearsing with the group while earning his living as a teacher.
The EmCee Five enjoyed great popularity in the Newcastle area in 1960 but by late 1961, when they made the Columbia record, were virtually inactive and the break-up began. The group had made great strides in their short working life and had one outstanding soloist in Gary Cox. Malcolm Cecil, (whose initials the group were named after), and Ronnie Stephenson moved to London and Ian Carr followed in 1962.

Ian Carr c1965 After a stint with Harold McNair's group where he began to use the flugel horn, he was invited to join Don Rendell who was forming a new quintet. At the time he still had occasional technical problems but the group prospered and brought out Carr's latent qualities to the extent that this group is now regarded as the crowning achievement of Rendell's career.
His association with Don Rendell lasted until the Autumn of 1969 and produced a number of fine records as well as countless club performances. There was virtually no change in personnel over the five years and the band developed a united cohesive style using a lot of original material from the quintet itself. Carr and Rendell agreed to go their own separate ways in 1969 and eventually in the early 1970s Carr went into Jazz/Rock with 'Nucleus', outside the scope of this website. His later years were blighted by ill health and he died at the age of 75 in February, 2009.
For more on the EmCee Five... Ian Carr More...
Roger Farbey runs a website dedicated to "Nucleus" - there is a direct link to it on the Links... page


The second edition of Roger Farbey's Ian Carr discography was published on 4th January 2016. Titled Elastic Dream, the second, revised edition of The Music of Ian Carr - A Critical Discography it can be ordered direct from Roger at no cost. Ordering details...


EmCee Five - June, 1961 (Private recording made in Newcastle)
Ian Carr (tp), Gary Cox (ts), Mike Carr (p), John O'Carrol (b), Ronnie Stephenson (d).
Theme/Blowin' The Blues Away (3)/John O'Groats/Downbeat After Dark/The One That Got Away/Blue Sue/Lefty's Tune (1)(3)/Dobson's Choice (1)(2)/The Bridge (1)(2)/Blues For Monk(?) (2).

EmCee Five - December 14th, 1961 (Let's take five - Columbia SEG8153)
Ian Carr (tp), Gary Cox (ts), Mike Carr (p,vibes), Spike Heatley (b), Ronnie Stephenson (d).
The One That Got Away (1)(2)/Stephenson's Rocket (1)(2)/Preludes* (1)(2).
(*Acrobat CD - British Modern Jazz Singles, EP tracks & Rarities 1960 - 62)

EmCee Five - October 15th, 1962 (Volume 1 - Alpha-International DB/92)
Ian Carr (tp), Gary Cox (ts), Mike Carr (p,vibes), Midge Pike (b), Johnnie Butts (d).
John O'Groats* (1)(3)/Northumbrian Air (Groovin' At The Downbeat) (1)(3)/Blues For Lou(?)(3)/Mikes Dilemma (1)(3)/Prayer To The East (GC out)(unissued).
(*Acrobat CD - British Modern Jazz Singles, EP tracks & Rarities 1960 - 62)

These EmCee Five recordings were issued on a number of LPs as detailed below:
(1)Bebop from the East coast - Birdland MC587
(2)Bebop from the East coast - vol 1 (a 10" LP from Japan) - Birdland NLP013
(3)Bebop from the East coast - vol 2 (a 10" LP from Japan) - Birdland NLP014
(Birdland MC587 contains a further two titles that exclude Ian Carr)
(Birdland MC587 was issued in CD format by the Japanese Birdland/Celeste label in 1996. Titled "Bebop From The East Coast - 1960/62", it is long out of print but worth looking out for...)

The recording session detailed below was made for an unknown US record label but was never released in record format. It has now been released on CD together with three titles from a live recording in 1968...
Don Rendell Quartet / Quintet - January 22nd, 1964 (?)
Ian Carr (tp,fl-hrn), Don Rendell (ts,sop), Johnny Mealing (p), Dave Green (b), Trevor Tomkins (d). (Carr does not play on titles marked#).
Peace Talk*/Blues By Five*/Waltz For Swingers*/.There Is No Greater Love*/I've Never Been In Love Before*/Downbeat After Dark*/You'll Never Know*/Blues For Sally*/Blues For Crazy Jane*#/West Coast Blues*#/I Can't Get Started*#/You're Not There*#/Just Friends*#.
(*Spotlite CD - Don Rendell / Ian Carr Quintet Live from Antibes and the Don Rendell Quartet and Quintet)

Don Rendell / Ian Carr Quintet - October 1st and 2nd, 1964 (Shades of Blue - Columbia 33SX1733)
Ian Carr (tp,fl-hrn), Don Rendell (ts,sop), Colin Purbrook (p), Dave Green (b), Trevor Tomkins (d).
Blue Mosque*/Latin Blue*/Sailin'*/Garrison '64*/Blue Doom*/Shades Of Blue*/Big City Strut*.
(*BGO CD - Shades Of Blue / Dusk Fire)

Roy Budd Quartet - early 1965 (Pye - 7N15897)
Ian Carr (tp), Dick Morrissey (ts), Roy Budd (p), Trever Tomkins (d), Harry South (arr).
Birth Of The Budd/M'Ghee, M'Ghee.

New Jazz Orchestra - March 14th, 1965 (Western Reunion - Decca LK4690)
Bob Leaper, Mike Phillipson, Tony Dudley (tp), Ian Carr (tp,fl-hrn), John Mumford, Peter Rutherford (tb), Peter Harvey (bs-tb), Mick Palmer (fr-hn), Dick Hart (tu), Les Carter, Barbara Thompson, Trevor Watts, Dave Gelly (reeds), Tom Harris (ts), Sebastian Freudenberg (bs), Mike Barratt, Lionel Grigson(-1) (p), Tony Reeves (b), John Hiseman (d), Neil Ardley (ldr).
Big P*/Shades Of Blue*/So What*/If You Could See Me Now/Tiny's Blues*/Milestones*/Django*/Maria*/Western Reunion*/Black Nightgown (unissued)/Le Roi(unissued)/'Round Midnight(unissued)/In A Mellotone(unissued)/If You Could See Me Now(-1)*.
(*Vocalion CD - Western Reunion)

Jeremy Robson with The Michael Garrick Quintet - 1965 (Before Night/Day - Argo EAF 115)
Jeremy Robson (reader) with Ian Carr (tp), Joe Harriott (as), Michael Garrick (p), Coleridge Goode (b), Colin Barnes (d).
Cascade/Blues For The Lonely/Before Night:Day/Day Of Atonement/Sketches Of Israel/The Game.
(Vocalion CD - Poetry & Jazz In Concert/Before Night/Day)

Michael Garrick Sextet - May 27th, 1965 (Promises - Argo ZDA36)
Ian Carr (tp,fl-hrn), Joe Harriott (as), Tony Coe (ts), Michael Garrick (p), Coleridge Goode (b), Colin Barnes (d).
Promises*/Parting Is Such*/Merlin The Wizard*/Second Coming*/Requiem*/Leprechaun Leap*/Portrait Of A Young Lady*/(Three other titles exclude Carr and Harriott).
(*Vocalion CD - Promises)

Don Rendell / Ian Carr Quintet - November 10th, 1965 (Live from 'The Highwayman' in Camberley)
Ian Carr (tp), Don Rendell (ts,sop), Michael Garrick (p), Dave Green (b), Trevor Tomkins (d).
Blues By Five*/Jonah And The Whale*/Shades Of Blue*/Hot Rod*/Garrison '64*/Promises*.
(*Harkit CD - Don Rendell / Ian Carr Quintet Live in London)

Michael Garrick Septet - January 3rd, 1966 (Black Marigolds - Argo (Z)DA88)
John Smith (reader - 1) with Ian Carr (tp,flhrn), Joe Harriott (as), Don Rendell (ts,sop), Tony Coe (ts,cl), Michael Garrick (p), Dave Green (b), Colin Barnes (d).
A Jazz Nativity (1)*/Jazz For Five (1)*/True Story (unissued).
(*Vocalion CD - Black Marigolds)
(*BGO CD - Black Marigolds / The heart is a lotus)

Michael Garrick Septet - January 10th and 11th, 1966 (Black Marigolds - Argo (Z)DA88)
Ian Carr (tp,flhrn), Joe Harriott (as), Don Rendell (ts,sop), Tony Coe (ts,cl), Michael Garrick (p), Dave Green (b), Trevor Tomkins (d).
Webster's Mood*/Good Times*/Ursula*/Sixth Seal (unissued)/Ophelia's Lay (unissued)/Vishnu (unissued).
(Vocalion CD - Black Marigolds)
(*BGO CD - Black Marigolds / The heart is a lotus)

Harry South Big Band - January 25th, 1966 (Presenting the Harry South Big Band - Mercury 20081MCL)
Ian Hamer, Hank Shaw, Les Condon, Albert Hall (tp), Ian Carr (tp,fl-hrn), Rik Kennedy, Chris Smith, Keith Christie, Bill Geldard (tb), Roy Willox, Alan Branscombe (as,fl), Ronnie Scott, Dick Morrissey (ts), Tubby Hayes (ts,fl), Pete King (bs), Gordon Beck (p), Phil Bates (b), Phil Seamen (d), HarrySouth (ldr).
Costa Fortuna/Last Orders/Afterthought/Alone Together.

Harry South Big Band - January 26th, 1966 (Presenting the Harry South Big Band - Mercury 20081MCL)
Ian Hamer, Hank Shaw, Les Condon, Greg Bowen (tp), Ian Carr (tp,fl-hrn), Johnny Marshall, Chris Smith, Keith Christie, Gibb Wallace (tb), Roy Willox, Alan Branscombe (as,fl), Ronnie Scott, Dick Morrissey (ts), Bob Efford (ts,fl), Harry Klein (bs), Gordon Beck (p), Phil Bates (b), Phil Seamen (d), HarrySouth (ldr).
Six To One Bar/Lush Life/There And Back/North Of The Soho Border.

Don Rendell / Ian Carr Quintet - March 16th and 17th, 1966 (Dusk Fire - Columbia SX6064)
Ian Carr (tp,fl-hrn), Don Rendell (ts,sop,cl,f), Michael Garrick (p), Dave Green (b), Trevor Tomkins (d).
Ruth*/Tan Sam Fu*/Jubal*/Spooks*/Prayer*/Hot Rod*/Dusk Fire*.
(*BGO CD - Shades Of Blue / Dusk Fire)

Ian Carr Quartet - June 4th and August 27th, 1966 (Polydor 545007)
Ian Carr (tp,fl-hrn), Trevor Watts (as), Jeff Clyne (b), John Stevens (d).
Ballad/Helen's Clown/Ou Sont Les Neiges d'Anton/Love Was Born/C$/Crazy Jane/Springboard/Ballad (unissued).

Don Rendell / Ian Carr Quintet - December 12th, 1966 (Live at the Union - Reel Recordings RR016)
Ian Carr (tp,fl-hrn), Don Rendell (ts,sop,f), Michael Garrick (p), Tony Reeves, Dave Green -1 (b), Trevor Tomkins (d).
On (1)*/Ursula (1)*/Trane's Mood*/Webster's Mood*/Carolling*/Hot Rod*.
(*Reel Recordings CD - Live at the Union)

Don Rendell / Ian Carr Quintet - February 23rd and 24th, 1967 (Phase 3 - Columbia S(C)X6214)
Ian Carr (tp,fl-hrn), Don Rendell (ts,sop,f), Michael Garrick (p), Dave Green (b), Trevor Tomkins (d).
Les Neiges d'Anton/Bath Sheba/Black Marigolds/Crazy Jane/On!
(*BGO CD - Phase lll / "Live")

Acker Bilk and the Stan Tracey Big Brass - January, 1968 (Blue Acker - Columbia TWO230)
Kenny Wheeler, Ian Hamer, Derek Watkins, Eddie Blair, Les Condon (tp), Ian Carr (flh), Keith Christie, Don Lusher, Chris Pyne, Bobby Lamb, Chris Smith (tb), Acker Bilk (cl), Joe Harriott (as), Don Rendell (ts,sop), Tony Coe (ts), Stan Tracey (p,arr), Dave Green, Lennie Bush (b), Barry Morgan (d,perc).
Royal Garden Blues/Stranger On The Shore/Festival Junction/Blues For Last Year/Tin Roof Blues/Baby Blues/blues For This Year/Mood Indigo.

Don Rendell / Ian Carr Quintet - March 18th, 1968 (Live - Columbia S(C)X6316)
Ian Carr (tp,fl-hrn), Don Rendell (ts,sop,cl,f), Michael Garrick (p), Dave Green (b), Trevor Tomkins (d).
On Track*/Vignette*/Pavanne*/Ninjam*/Voices*/You've Said It*.
(*BGO CD - Phase lll / "Live")

Don Rendell / Ian Carr Quintet - July 23rd, 1968 (Live from Antibes)
Ian Carr (tp), Don Rendell (ts,sop), Michael Garrick (p), Dave Green (b), Trevor Tomkins (d).
Pavanne*/Hot Rod*/Voices*.
(*Spotlite CD - Don Rendell / Ian Carr Quintet Live from Antibes and the Don Rendell Quartet and Quintet)

Amancio D'Silva - 1968 (Integration - Columbia SCX6322)
Ian Carr (tp,flhrn), Don Rendell (ts,sop), Amancio D'Silva (g), Dave Green (b), Trevor Tomkins (d).
Ganges/Jaipur/Integration/Maharani/Cry Free/Joyce Country/We Tell You This (IC and AD'S only).

Stan Tracey Big Brass - August 20th and 21st, 1968 (We Love You Madly - Columbia S(C)X 6320)
Derek Watkins, Paul Tongay, Kenny Baker, Eddie Blair, Les Condon (tp), Ian Carr (flh-1), Keith Christie, Don Lusher, Chris Pyne, Bobby Lamb, Chris Smith (tb), Acker Bilk (cl-2), Joe Harriott (as-3), Don Rendell (ts-5), Tony Coe (ts-6), Stan Tracey (p,arr,cond), Lennie Bush (b), Barry Morgan (d).
Blue Feeling-2,3,5,6 /Lay-By-2,3,5,6 /I'm Beginning To See The Light.

The recording below was for a BBC broadcast and was not issued commercially until Gearbox Records released a limited edition vinyl LP, (Prelude to Heart is a Lotus) in late 2013...
Michael Garrick Sextet - BBC Maida Vale, October, 1968
Ian Carr (tp), Don Rendell (as,fl,sop), Jim Philip (fl), Michael Garrick (p,cel,harpsichord), Coleridge Goode (b), Trevor Tomkins (d).
Heart Is A Lotus/Sweet And Sugary Candy/Webster's Mood/Song By The Sea/Temple Dancer/Little Girl.
(Gearbox CD - Prelude to Heart is a Lotus)

The record detailed below was recorded in St. Pauls Cathedral, London...
Michael Garrick / Ian Carr - October 25th, 1968 (Jazz praises at St. Paul's - Airborne NBP0021)
Ian Carr (tp,flhrn), Jimmy Phillip (ts,cl,fl), Art Themen (ts,ss,fl,cl), Michael Garrick (org), Coleridge Goode (b), John Marshall (d)
Anthem*/Sanctus*/Kyrie*/Behold, A Pale Horse*/Salvation March*/Rustat's Grave Song*/The Lord's Prayer*/Agnus Dei*/Confiteor*/Psalm 73*/The Beatitudes* (on CD only)/Carolling* (on CD only).
(*Jazz Academy CD - Jazz Praises at St. Pauls)

Guy Warren - November 1st,2nd and 3rd, 1968 (Afro Jazz - Columbia SCX6340)
Ian Carr (tp,flhrn), Don Rendell (ts,sop), Michael Garrick (p), Amancio D'Silva (g), Dave Green (b), Trevor Tomkins, Guy Warren (perc).
(Thirteen titles with Africa links - combinations of musicians play on different tracks).

Don Rendell / Ian Carr Quintet - March 20th and April 16th, 1969 (Change is - Columbia SCX6368)
Ian Carr (tp,flhn), Don Rendell (fl,ts,sop), Michael Garrick (p,harpsichord), Dave Green (b), Trevor Tomkins (d) + Stan Robinson (cl,ts), Jeff Clyne (b), Guy Warren (perc).
Elastic Dream*.
Clyne and Warren out. Mike Pyne (p) replaces Garrick.
One Green Eye*.
Garrick replaces Pyne, Warren added, Robinson out.
Boy, Dog and Carrot*.
Ian Carr (tp,flhn), Don Rendell (fl,ts,sop), Michael Garrick (p,harpsichord), Dave Green (b), Trevor Tomkins (d).
Cold Mountain*/Black Hair*/Mirage*.
(*BGO CD - Change Is - The Don Rendell / Ian Carr Quintet)

Recorded at the Farnham Festival, a private pressing was issued to festival goers...
Michael Garrick - May 13th, 1969 (Erase EO254)
Ian Carr (flhn), Art Themen, Don Rendell (reeds), Michael Garrick (p), Coleridge Goode (b), John Marshall (perc), John Smith (vcl).
Part One/Part Two.

The titles below were recorded at "Queen Elizabeth Hall", London. I have no record release information...
Michael Garrick Sextet - June 22nd, 1969 (?????)
Ian Carr (tp,flhrn), Don Rendell, Art Themen (ts,sop,cl,fl), Michael Garrick (p), Dave Green (b), Trevor Tomkins (d).
Children's Chorus/Ophelia's Lay/Trane's Mood.

Ian Carr Quintet - November 19th, 1969 (Columbia SCX6414)
Ian Carr (tp,fl-hrn), Brian Smith (ts,sop), Chris Spedding (g), Jeff Clyne (b,el-b), John Marshall (d).
Wine Dark Lullaby/Orpheus/Persephone's Jive.

Don Rendell and Ian Carr - 1969 (Greek variations - part only of Columbia SCX6414)
Ian Carr (tp,flhrn), Don Rendell (fl,ts,sop), Barbara Thompson (fl,as,sop), K.Jenkins (oboe,sop,bs), Mike Gibbs (tb), Frank Ricotti (vib,marimba), Jeff Clyne, J.Bruce (b), J.Marshall (d), + string section.
Santoriu/Omonoia/Delphi/Kerkyra/Meteora/Kriti.

Michael Garrick Sextet - January 20th,21st and 22nd, 1970 (The heart is a lotus - Argo ZDA135)
Ian Carr (tp,flhrn), Don Rendell, Art Themen (ts,sop,cl,fl), Michael Garrick (p), Coleridge Goode (b), Trevor Tomkins (d), Norma Winstone (vcl).
The Heart Is a Lotus*/Song By The Sea*/Torrent*/Temple Dancer*/Blues On Blues*/Voices*/Beautiful Thing*/Rustat's Grave Song*/Rest (unissued).
(*Vocalion CD - The heart is a lotus)

Don Rendell / Ian Carr / Michael Garrick - August 6th and 14th, 2001 (Reunion - Spotlite)
Don Rendell (cl,ts,sop), Ian Carr (flhrn), Mark Bassey (tb), Michael Garrick / Richard Busiakiewicz (p), Mario Costronari (b), Alan Jackson / Robin Jones (d).
Linger With Lester*/Pause And Effect*/I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me*/Penthouse Serenade*/Bernie's Tune*/If You Only Knew*/If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight*/Afterthought*/Smoke Screen*/How Deep Is The Ocean*/Struttin' With Some Barbecue*.
(*Spotlite CD - Don Rendell / Ian Carr - Reunion)


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