ARTISTE: Ian Hunter-Randall
CD TITLE: ‘IAN’ – REMEMBERING IAN HUNTER-RANDALL
Label: Rose Cottage Records (RCR009)
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The great British trumpeter Ian Hunter-Randall began his career with Len Barton’s ‘Alexander’s Jazzmen’ in 1962 but his first extended musical tenure came with clarinettist Monty Sunshine from 1964-7 before his longest partnership of all: with Terry Lightfoot’s bill-topping Jazzmen. With Lightfoot, he would tour, record prolifically and broadcast on radio and TV from 1967 to 1990 when Lightfoot retired. Thereafter he freelanced with clarinettist Pete Allen (as well as forming his own band shortly after); then joined drummer Laurie Chescoe’s Good Time Jazz Band from 1995. It was a shock to the British Traditional jazz scene when a fatal heart attack ended his life in 1999.
As a fellow-trumpeter, I first became aware of Ian’s formidable talents on broadcasts in the mid-1960s and in 1971 heard him live for the first time at London’s 100 Club with Lightfoot. His ability to produce anything from lyrically reflective solos to-boiling hot up-tempo trumpet lead and solo outings (listen to ‘Undecided’ here/track 1!) was matched by his formidable technique which, at its peak, separated him from all but a very few Traditional jazz trumpeters in (and no doubt beyond) the UK.
This twentieth anniversary is the perfect opportunity to recall the outstanding talents of Ian Hunter-Randall. A modest, charming (and very handsome!) man, this collection is an overdue reminder of his formidable solo talents.