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Exeter charity shop sells rare British jazz LP for £1,000

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 30, 2013

Hospiscare shop manager Glyn Antle-Trapnell, who sold jazz album Shades of Blue for £850 to an anonymous collector (£1,072 with gift aid added)

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A rare British jazz album by a veteran Westcountry sax player has raised more than £1,000 after it appeared in a high street charity shop.

The Rendell-Carr quintet – formed by Plymouth-born saxophonist Don Rendell and trumpeter Ian Carr – recorded their stand-out album, Shades of Blue, in 1965.

This week a copy was sold for £850 by Exeter's Hospiscare specialist books and music shop to an anonymous collector, generating £1,072 for the Devon charity once the gift aid tax break was added.

Manager Glyn Antle-Trapnell, manager of Hospiscare's specialist books and music shop in the city's South Street, said the buyer and the donor were both "thrilled".

He revealed the collector had contacted him some time ago and asked the shop to call if any of the albums on a wish list turned up.

"We had sold a record before by the same artists for £350 but this LP is the rarer one," Glyn added.

"When I got the pile of records I was thrilled to see it and took it out instantly – I did my research and saw it would make a very good price."

Don Rendell was born in Plymouth in 1926, playing alto and tenor sax with the big bands of the 1940s then joining the Johnny Dankworth Seven in the early 1950s.

After being inspired by John Coltrane he formed his quintet in 1963 and they recorded half a dozen albums.

The album Shades of Blue, with its sleeve artwork in the style of the Blue Note jazz label, is considered his finest work.

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