20 year quest complete: Jazzman announce first official reissue of iconic Don Rendell and Ian Carr Quintet sessions at Lansdowne

The complete Ian Carr and Don Rendell Lansdowne recording sessions have a full and unprecedented boxset reissue from Jazzman Records on November 16th. They have been remastered from the original analogue master tapes at Abbey Road Studios and will come with replica artwork, design and  paper stock.

This project has been 20 years in the making and this labour of love has received extra special care – even by Jazzman’s lofty standards. The 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 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. The collective second hand market value comes to an astonishing £6,000.

The quest to bring these remarkable recordings back to life connects with the beginning of the life of the label Jazzman Records. It was 1998 when a young ‘Jazzman’ Gerald put in a request to Universal Music to license for reissue one of his all time favourite records, Dusk Fire, by Don Rendell and Ian Carr Quintet. He had got lucky a few years before and found a lone copy at a New York Record Fair. British jazz records were not nearly as sought after or as popular outside of the UK, and unaware of it’s hefty price tag, a vendor sold him a copy for just $12. The plan was for this to be the first reissue LP on Gerald’s newly formed Jazzman record label. That plan was scuppered though.

So what’s taken so long? The 20 year wait is finally over, but the time taken was even with the knowledge that these albums were owned by Universal. Gerald’s initial request to them was denied as the company was unable to locate the original paperwork and could not direct the enquiry appropriately. Gerald persevered, but failed for many years.  Eventually a friend took a job at Universal and from then it took two years to find the right department, locate the paperwork amongst many thousands of others in their archives and finally seal the deal.

The Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet played together for seven years and 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 Denis Preston and recorded at his Lansdowne Studios, Preston was a legend in his own right, responsible for many Trinidadian calypso records from young Caribbean immigrants arriving in London in the 1950s and ’60s, as well as working with other renowned jazz musicians like Jamaican Joe Harriott and Indian Amancio D’Silva.

The band was primarily made up of saxophonist Don Rendell, trumpeter and composer Ian Carr, and pianist and composer Michael Garrick. It was Garrick who was influenced by Indian, African and Middle Eastern music that gave the band their otherworldly sound. The addition of Ghanaian percussionist Guy Warren on their final album Change was a catalyst to the band’s dissolution as “not everyone took to him”. Ian Carr went on to form the legendary jazz-rock band Nucleus, while Rendell and Garrick furthered their jazz careers with their own solo projects.

“They were five guys putting forward their ideas in music,” according to Jazzman Gerald. “It became especially interesting when Michael Garrick joined. The combination of personalities just worked; Ian Carr was the driving force, Michael Garrick the main writer and Don Rendell was the experienced career musician. They were a brilliant team who pushed the boundaries to create their own identifiable sound.”Click here to go to the Jazzman Records website.

New Emanative LP ‘Earth’ on Jazzman Records is a crowning moment for Nick Woodmansey and the band

This is one LP that needs to be heard. Earth is the fourth album from the jazz outfit led by drummer Nick Woodmansey – son of Mick ‘Woody’ Woodmansey  (who was the drummer with Bowie’s Spiders from Mars). Nick is joined on this masterpiece by a host of visionaries, including Idris Ackamoor from The Pyramids, Dele Sosimi once of Africa 80, Nat Birchall, Sarathy Korwar from Shabaka Hutchings’ set-up, Ben Hadwen from Ibibio Sound Machine, and The Heliocentrics’ Malcolm Catto.

This album brings a heady, multi-cultural strain of UK jazz with African, Indian and Middle Eastern influences. Emanative sound like no other on the current UK jazz scene and their LP comes at a time of great fertility. Their Sun Ra like mysticism and influences from around the world have created something more wonderful than their previous record – The Light Years of the Darkness – on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood label back in 2015.

Nick Woodmansey

In 2008, when Emanative began, it was an output for Woodmansey’s more broken beat/nu-jazz productions on the Futuristica Music label. Nick’s musical journey has been an interesting one to trace. The Light Years of the Darkness in 2015 also featured work with Keiran Hebden (Four Tet), where a deep percussive, sometimes hypnotic sound (such as on tracks like Makondi and Four Tet’s edit on the Lions Of Judah projectdisplayed another side to Emanative. Drumming on the Lions Of Judah project – with Ahmed Abdullah and in dedication to Sun Ra’s drummer Steve Reid – was Nick’s best known work previously. All profits went to the Steve Reid Foundation, a charity which Gilles Peterson set up and where Nick is a trustee – all in the name of the legendary jazz-drummer. The charity helps musicians in crisis as well as supports new talent.

Emanative’s Ben Hadwen

Also featured on the new album are core members: Jessica Lauren on keys, Tamar Osborn (baritone saxophone and flute), Ben Hadwen (bass clarinet, flute, tenor saxophone), Suman Joshi playing upright bass, and three percussionists: Sarathy Korwar, Phillip Harper and Vince Vella.

It is exciting to think where Emanative will go next – with Nick’s links to the electronic world and the glitterati of jazz and world music. This new album’s quality and the evolution to this spiritual jazz-inspired collective puts Emanative in a new league. 

Two tracks from the Emanative album featured on the latest World Treasures Music radio show at 22m.35s. More tracks will also be featured next week on KMAH Radio, on Thursday, 2pm – 4pm (GMT).


The Heliocentrics release new LP – A World Of Masks – on Soundway Records

Pre-orders are being taken now at Soundway Records for the the new LP by London psychedelic jazz collective The Heliocentrics. The band have their roots in the ‘90s when drummer Malcolm Catto recorded for Mo’Wax and Jazzman. They recorded their breakthrough album for Stones Throw, Out There in 2007 and have since collaborated with Ethio jazz pioneer Mulatu Astatke, jazz and world music expert Lloyd Miller and Afro soul saxophonist, Orlando Julius.

To order, go to The Heliocentrics’ Bandcamp page or visit Soundway Records.