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5.0 out of 5 stars Without doubt the best British Jazz LP
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...
Published on 1 Feb 2004 by Mr. G. D. Simmons

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3.0 out of 5 stars Great music, but...
OK, the albums included on this package are superb. My gripe (hence only 3 stars) is with the packaging. It's bloody awful. What this reissue label is playing at is beyond me. Universal Music had the chance to reissue these great UK jazz albums properly as part of the 'Impressed Re-pressed' series way back, but decided not to. OK, they're not as commercially viable as...
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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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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 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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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Great music, but..., 21 Sep 2013
This review is from: Shades Of Blue (Audio CD)
OK, the albums included on this package are superb. My gripe (hence only 3 stars) is with the packaging. It's bloody awful. What this reissue label is playing at is beyond me. Universal Music had the chance to reissue these great UK jazz albums properly as part of the 'Impressed Re-pressed' series way back, but decided not to. OK, they're not as commercially viable as Blue Note, etc, but this was a missed opportunity really. And now we're left with these shoddy packages. And why the slip case? It just replicates the naff inner cover. I think you get my drift by now! But the music is so good. A shame.
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