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5.0 out of 5 stars Without doubt the best British Jazz LP, 1 Feb. 2004
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Mr. G. D. Simmons (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Shades Of Blue (Audio CD)
The two albums on one CD presents you with "Shades of Blue" which was The Don Rendell, and Ian Carr quintets first LP. It contains the seminal "Shades Of Blue" track itself. This is a modal LP that Miles would have been proud of. "Dusk Fire" again contains a magnificent set of tracks some penned by Michael Garrick who had joined the group by the time the second LP was issued. He became an important member amongst the writing team in the group. To purchase these LP's on vinyl if you could find them would cost around 1200 pounds stirling.
This is an important re-issue and should be in your collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab stuff!, 21 Jun. 2011
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C. Lomas "c lomas" (UK) - See all my reviews
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I am not really familiar with 60s UK jazz, although I've listened to a lot of USA musicians from the same era. I thimk that the music on this double cd reissue is fantastic, holding its own with anything I've heard from the USA, and surpassing a good deal of it. It's excellent stuff...highly reccommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful top quality British jazz; uniquely British; not an imitation of American music., 1 Dec. 2014
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It was perhaps this group more than any other that showed that jazz in Britain had become a force to be reckoned with, a strain that had evolved from American jazz such that it was, in effect, a new species; certainly no pale imitation of American jazz as so much British jazz had been until then. By no means does the credit rest alone with this group; musicians such as Joe Harriott were equally involved, but this quintet (with only a change in pianist) produced music of such quality and beauty that it effectively surpassed anything that had preceeded it.
These two remarkable albums are put together in a single 2CD package. "Shades Of Blue" dates from 1964 and "Dusk Fire" from 1966. The only change is that pianist Michael Garrick features on the latter album and Colin Purbrook on the former. Don Rendell was (actually is) a very fine saxophonist and flautist (although when I met him about that time he confided that his "bread and butter" came from playing the penny flute on childrens radio). Don played both tenor and soprano equally well. Ian Carr (regrettably no longer with us) was a fine horn player either trumpet or flugelhorn. Dave Green was (is) a very fine bass player and Trevor Tomkins a master of the drum kit.
All the music was effectively "in house" with band members composing all of the tunes except "Shades Of Blue" which was penned by fellow Brit Neil Ardley. About this time there was a good deal of interest in Indian music nationally (The Beatles included). This oriental interest is reflected on these albums. In particular both Don and Ian play with great sensitivity, which is not to distract from the other musicians.
Of the two albums, I prefer the latter not least because of the contribution made by (the late) Michael Garrick both pianistically and for his compositions.
If you missed out on quality British jazz of this period this double album release is a good place to start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding musicianship and superb tone quality, 17 Jun. 2014
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This is perhaps a missing link between the 50s cool jazz period and the beginnings of 60s and 70s fusion. I was surprised and delighted that the sound quality was so good for the time it was recorded. The musicianship of all contributors is of the highest order.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 18 Dec. 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not his best recordings, 24 Mar. 2014
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C. F. Reed (Shrops. UK) - See all my reviews
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But good stuff, slightly constrained by some of the arrangements. He's still blowing a mighty horn and was better @ Ashford than in these recordings.
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