The Ian Carey Quintet -//- Contextualizin’ [Kabocha Records, 2010]
CONTEXTUALIZIN’ is the second release from the Ian Carey Quintet, a tight group of five Bay Area improvisers who have been developing their chemistry for the past six years. Along with the leader’s trumpet, flugelhorn, and compositions, the group features Evan Francis (of Spaceheater and the Jazz Mafia) on saxophone and flute, Adam Shulman (of the Marcus Shelby Orchestra) on piano, Jon Arkin (of Albino) on drums, and San Francisco jazz legend Fred Randolph on bass.
The album presents eight original tunes by Carey, including SOCKDOLAGER, a hard-hitting minor blues featuring Shulman’s Fender Rhodes; the gentle ballad NO YOU, highlighting Evan Francis’s inventive flute; TOM/TOM, a burning tribute to trumpeters Tom Peron and Tom Harrell; DISINVITED, an intricate and thorny suite; and CONTEXTUALIZIN’, a driving, rock-inspired tour de force. The group also performs their re-imagining of the beloved standard JUST FRIENDS.
“Ian Carey is a gifted young trumpeter and composer who asks deep musical questions and comes up with compelling answers.” – Bill Kirchner, composer/educator, and editor of The Oxford Companion to Jazz and The Miles Davis Reader. —CDBaby.com/Album Notes
Originally Released: February 16, 2010