The Ian Carey Quintet: Contextualizin' (2010)
Gratefully, Carey reflects Tom Harrelland Dave Douglas in his playingmore, perhaps, than Miles Davis. His open-bell tone is warm with an even mid-range, affecting a very comfortable sound. His flugelhorn is mellower and more focused still. Likewise, Carey's composinghe penned eight of the disc's nine piecesis as pragmatic as his playing.
Carey's quintet is simpatico with the leader's vision. Pianist Adam Shulmanapproaches his dual role as harmonic anchor and soloist with intelligence and the same practical spark as the leader. His piano style is so dense and all encompassing that, like the leader, Shulman has forged a unique sound as an assimilation of all he has heard. Among the eight originals, Carey slips the standard "Just Friends"; beautifully updated, but readily favoring the famous opening piece on Charlie Parker with Strings (Verve, 1950).
Contextualizin' is what adult contemporary jazz should sound like: smart, simple, acoustic...recalling the past without being mired in it.
Track Listing: Tom/Tom; Questions; Leap Year; Contextualizin'; Just Friends; Disinvited; No You; No You; Sockdolager; Shake & Joe.
Personnel: Ian Carey: trumpet, flugelhorn; Evan Francis: alto saxophone, flute; Adam Schulman: piano and Fender Rhodes; Fred Randolph: bass; Jon Arkin: drums.
Record Label: Kabocha Records
Style: Modern Jazz