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Ian Carr, British Trumpeter and Author, Dies at 75

Ian Carr, a British trumpeter with the band Nucleus and author of books on Miles Davis and Keith Jarrett, died in London on Feb. 25. A cause was not given, however Carr had undergone a long illness. He was 75.

Born April 21, 1933, Carr began his career in Newcastle in the 1950s as a member of his brother Mike’s band the EmCee 5. After moving to London he performed in the band of Harold McNair and then teamed with Don Rendell to form the Rendell Carr Quintet, which recorded five albums for Columbia Records. He also recorded with the New Jazz Orchestra and Neil Ardley before forming Nucleus in 1969. The early fusion band’s ranks at various times included progressive-rock mainstays Allan Holdsworth, Jack Bruce and Chris Spedding. The band recorded albums for Vertigo, Capitol and other labels, and such played highly regarded jazz festivals in Newport and Montreux.

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