Ian Carr

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Ian Henry Randell Carr (born April 21, 1933 in Dumfries , Scotland , † February 25, 2009 in London ) was a British jazz trumpeter and flugelhorn player. Since 1982 he has been Associate Professor of Jazz at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama .

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Carr received piano and trumpet lessons as a child before studying literature in Newcastle upon Tyne from 1952 to 1956 ; In 1954 he won a prize with the college band at the annual jazz competition in Liverpool . After his military service, he hitchhiked through Europe for two years, worked as a language teacher and tried his hand at writing a novel. From the end of 1959 Carr belonged like John McLaughlin to EmCee 5 , the band of his brother, the vibraphonist and pianist Mike Carr . In 1962 he moved to London , where he first played with Harold McNair , from 1963 to 1969 with the Ian Carr- Don Rendell Quintet and with the New Jazz Orchestra . He then worked briefly with John Stevens , Trevor Watts , but also with Mike Westbrook and Eric Burdon , as well as with Keith Tippett on his mammoth project Septober Energy .

He first became known in Central Europe through his band Nucleus , founded in 1969 , which is considered a pioneer of jazz rock , won first prize at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1970 , existed until the mid-1980s and toured worldwide. There he also played some keyboards . Since 1975 Carr was also a permanent member of the United Jazz and Rock Ensemble . In 1987 he was also active as a soloist with the NDR Big Band and between 1989 and 1993 toured several times with the ensemble of George Russell . As a studio musician, he worked with Nico , No-Man and Faultline . With John Taylor on the church organ he recorded a duo at Southwark Cathedral in 1993.

Carr was also a jazz critic for BBC Music Magazine and author of classic jazz biographical books on Keith Jarrett and Miles Davis , and co-author of Rough Guide Jazz . With director Mike Dibb he created the television films The Miles Davis Story ( Emmy Award ) and Keith Jarrett: the Art of Improvisation.

He is considered one of the main driving forces behind the British jazz scene. On the trumpet, Carr was heavily influenced by the "middle" ( modal ) Miles Davis. He was a member of the Royal Society of Music and in 1982 received the Italian "Calabria Award". In 2006 he was honored for his life's work by the British Parliament (“ Parliamentary Jazz Awards ”) as well as by the BBC (“BBC Jazz Awards”).

During the last years of his life he suffered from Alzheimer's and lived mostly in nursing homes. He died in the presence of his daughter Selina and his friend and trumpeter colleague Kenny Wheeler .

Discography (selection)

  • 1971: Greek Variations & Other Aegean Exercises (with Neil Ardley & Don Rendell )
  • 1974: Will Power (with Neil Ardley, Michael Gibbs , and Stan Tracey )
  • 1980: Collana Jazz 80 " (with the Algemona Quartetto)
  • 1989: Old Heartland
  • 1991: Virtual Realities (cycle, with Warren Greveson, Neil Ardley and John L. Walters)
  • 1993: Sounds and Sweet Airs (That Give Delight and Hurt Not) (with John Taylor)



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  1. ^ See obituary by John Fordham , The Guardian February 28, 2009
  2. Ian Carr: 1933 - 2009 , accessed July 15, 2017, (English)