Award-winning trumpet player and composer. He recorded numerous albums with his Rendell–Carr Quintet, as well as with the Nucleus jazz/rock group.
He taught himself how to play the trumpet when he was seventeen years old. He went on to study education and literature at Newcastle University.
As a session musician for numerous artists and bands, he played the flugelhorn as well as the trumpet.
His younger brother, Mike Carr, also had a career as a musician.
Carr wrote about jazz at length and penned a biography of Miles Davis.